Capturing packets, Viewing captured packets – Network Instruments Observer User Manual
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6. Choose a filter direction and include or exclude the address.
7. If you selected the Frame Relay option in step 3 and wish to monitor a
frame relay network, the “Use payload filter” checkbox will be selected
by default. If you do not wish to use the payload filter, uncheck the box.
8. Click on the Use Frame Relay DLCI Filter checkbox to enable the DLCI
textbox. You can type in an address or right-click on the checkbox to see
the list of available addresses.
9. To exclude a particular DLCI, check the “Exclude DLCI” checkbox.
After configuring a filter, the next step in Packet Capture is to actually begin
capturing packets for examination.
Capture > Packet Capture
or click on the
icon on the
Observer toolbar to open Packet Capture mode.
Mode Commands > Start Mode
or click the
icon on the Packet
Capture toolbar to begin capturing packets.
3. Click the
icon on the Packet Capture toolbar when finished capturing
Viewing Captured Packets
Without a way of decoding and viewing the captured packets, there would
hardly be any point in capturing them in the first place. Observer’s built-in
viewer is a highly sophisticated and flexible tool, capable of decoding,
processing, and manipulating captured packets in a variety of ways. For most
purposes, though, the network administrator will find that simply paging
through the captured buffer or searching for a specific packet will give a good
picture of what is going on in the specific conversation under examination.
Where the capture buffer is awkwardly large or it’s preferable to take a look
at a subset of the captured data, Observer has built-in post filter capabilities
allowing the network administrator to cut further through clutter to the root
of the problem. Post filter also enables a more experienced network
administrator consulting with a less experienced colleague to have the less
experienced network administrator simply capture and send along all