Importing and Exporting
The Distinct Network Monitor allows you to import capture files taken with certain other sniffing products and to export a Distinct capture file to a text format.

Converting Third Party Capture Files

Distinct Network Monitor allows you to import a capture file taken by a number of other monitoring products on the market. To do this you must first convert the file into the Distinct capture file format. To do this:
  1. Select the Convert Command in the File menu.
  2. Enter the name of the file to be converted and the file name it is to be saved to in the Convert Capture dialog box.
  3. Click OK to start the file conversion. Once the file has been successfully converted, Network Monitor will read it in.

Network Monitor is currently able to import files from the following products:
  • LanWatch ®
  • SUN Snoop ®
  • TCPDump
  • Distinct® Network Monitor™ version 2.
  • NetXray®
  • Novell LANalyzer®

Saving a Packet Capture to a Text File

A Distinct Network Monitor capture file may be saved to a text file. Once in text format, the data may be accessed by any application.

The saved file will include the header information that is currently displayed in the trace window. If you wish an item that is not currently displayed to be saved to the text file, you must first change your display settings by right clicking in the window and selecting Display header fields. Make sure that all the header fields you wish to be saved to your file have a checkmark near them.

To save the file:
  1. Select Save As from the File menu.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter the name of the text file you wish to save the packet capture to and make sure that you select Text files as the File Type to be saved.
  3. In the Save As Text File dialog box, you can select whether to save all the packets or just a range of packets and how much information about the packets you wish to save. You may either select to save just the packet summary or the detailed packet information. If you choose to save the detailed packet information, you must also select how many protocols you wish to save information for. The default value for this is 1. For example, if you select to get details for only one level on HTTP packets, you will only see the details up to the Ethernet level. To see the HTTP details you will need to select 4 protocol levels instead of one. Doing this will show the details for Ethernet, IP, TCP and HTTP.

  4. If you wish to also include the hexadecimal representation of the packets at the end of each packet, then check the Include hexadecimal contents up to option. Fill in the maximum bytes you wish to include for each packet.
  5. When you have made all your selections, click the Save button.
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