Sniffer Pro Network Optimization & Troubleshooting Handbook

Book description

Sniffer Network Optimization and Troubleshooting Handbook introduces the reader to the vast functionality of the suite of Sniffer Solutions from Network Associates but ultimately focuses on the affordable and most widely used Sniffer Product - Sniffer Pro LAN Network Analyzer. This book begins with the basic features of Sniffer Pro LAN and then moves the reader through the impressive tips and tools available for gathering data, analyzing, troubleshooting, resolving and securing problems on their network.

Sniffer from Network Associates is a suite of tools including Sniffer Portable Analysis Suite, Sniffer Distributed Analysis Suite, Sniffer Reporting, Sniffer Optical, and Sniffer Wireless. With a clear market leadership, Sniffer Solutions are employed in over 80% of the enterprise networks of the Fortune 100. Sniffer has also received wide industry acclaim from the experts and its everyday users. In 2000 Sniffer was named one of the 10 most computer products of the decade by Network Computing Magazine. It also received the "Editor's Choice" award from PC Magazine during the second quarter of 2001.

Over 60,000 individuals have taken advantage of the educational services offered by Sniffer Technologies - aptly named Sniffer University. Coupled with the introduction of the Sniffer Certified Professional Program (SCPP) as a replacement for the popular CNX (Certified Network Expert) certification, an aptitude with Sniffer Solutions is a "must-have" for system administrators.

  • Offers comprehensive coverage of Sniffer Pro LAN
  • Supplemental study materials for the SCPP certification track. As of April 2001, the CNX certifications track became inactive. Current CNXs looking to update their certifications to the new SCPP track are going to need to bring themselves up to speed on the new offerings from the Sniffer family of products before desertification
  • Up to the Minute Web-based Support. Once the reader understands the concepts of network hardware, configuration, and implementation, they can receive up-to-the minute links, white papers, and analysis for one year at

Table of contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  5. Copyright
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Contributors
  8. Contributor and Technical Reviewer
  9. Technical Editors and Contributors
  10. Foreword
  11. Chapter 1: Introduction to Sniffer Pro
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Network Analysis
    3. The OSI Model, Protocols, and Devices
    4. Sniffer Pro Fundamentals
    5. Sniffer Pro: The Exam
    6. Summary
    7. Solutions Fast Track
  12. Chapter 2: Installing Sniffer Pro
    1. Introduction
    2. Installing Sniffer Pro Step by Step
    3. Customizing the Installation
    4. Configuring Network Interfaces and Drivers
    5. Troubleshooting the Installation
    6. Summary
    7. Solutions Fast Track
  13. Chapter 3: Exploring the Sniffer Pro Interface
    1. Introduction
    2. Exploring the Dashboard
    3. Understanding Menus
    4. Understanding the Toolbars
    5. Miscellaneous Sniffer Pro Tools
    6. The Expert
    7. Graphs, Charts, and Maps
    8. Using the Address Book
    9. Summary
    10. Solutions Fast Track
  14. Chapter 4: Configuring Sniffer Pro to Monitor Network Applications
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic Sniffer Pro Data Capture Operations
    3. Viewing and Using the Expert
    4. Application Response Time
    5. Configuring Sniffer Pro to Capture and Analyze NetWare Traffic
    6. Configuring Sniffer Pro to Capture and Analyze Microsoft Traffic
    7. Summary
    8. Solutions Fast Track
  15. Chapter 5: Using Sniffer Pro to Monitor the Performance of a Network
    1. Introduction
    2. Network Performance Issues
    3. Real-Time Performance Monitoring with Sniffer Pro
    4. Baselining, Trending, and Change Management
    5. Analyzing Ethernet Performance with Sniffer Pro
    6. Analyzing Token Ring Performance with Sniffer Pro
    7. Analyzing LAN Routing Performance Issues
    8. Realigning Your Network for Better Performance
    9. Summary
    10. Solutions Fast Track
  16. Chapter 6: Capturing Network Data for Analysis
    1. Introduction
    2. Capturing Traffic
    3. Saving and Using Captures
    4. Capturing and Analyzing Address Resolution Protocol
    5. Capturing and Analyzing Internet Control Message Protocol
    6. Capturing and Analyzing Transmission Control Protocol
    7. Capturing and Analyzing User Datagram Protocol
    8. Summary
    9. Solutions Fast Track
  17. Chapter 7: Analyzing Network Issues
    1. Introduction
    2. Hey! Why Is the Network So Slow?
    3. Resetting Token Ring Networks
    4. Using Sniffer Pro to Troubleshoot a Chattering Network Interface Card
    5. Using Sniffer Pro to Troubleshoot Small Packets (Runts
    6. Using Sniffer Pro to Troubleshoot Browsing Battles
    7. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Failure
    8. Summary
    9. Solutions Fast Track
  18. Chapter 8: Using Filters
    1. Introduction
    2. What Is Filtering, and Why Filter?
    3. Using Predefined Filters
    4. Creating Filters
    5. Expert-Level Filtering
    6. Troubleshooting with Filters
    7. Summary
    8. Solutions Fast Track
  19. Chapter 9: Understanding and Using Triggers and Alarms
    1. Introduction
    2. Introducing Triggers
    3. Configuring and Using Triggers
    4. Configuring and Using Alarms
    5. Configuring Alarms Notifications
    6. Modifying Alarm Threshold Levels
    7. Application Response Time
    8. Summary
    9. Solutions Fast Track
  20. Chapter 10: Reporting
    1. Introduction
    2. Reporting Fundamentals
    3. Creating the Report Template
    4. Running and Exporting Reports
    5. Creating a Full Report: “Network Is Slow”
    6. Summary
    7. Solutions Fast Track
  21. Chapter 11: Detecting and Performing Security Breaches with Sniffer Pro
    1. Introduction
    2. Using Sniffer Pro to Find Holes in Your Network
    3. Capturing Clear-Text Passwords
    4. Attacks: Password Capture and Replay
    5. Domain Name Service Vulnerabilities
    6. Server Message Block Vulnerabilities
    7. Summary
    8. Solutions Fast Track
  22. Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Traffic for Network Optimization
    1. Introduction
    2. Fine Tuning Your Network and Performing Proactive Maintenance
    3. Finding Unnecessary Protocols with the Sniffer Pro
    4. Optimizing LAN and WAN Traffic With the Sniffer Pro
    5. Ethernet Optimization
    6. NetWare Optimization and Microsoft Optimization
    7. Summary
    8. Solutions Fast Track
  23. Index

Product information

  • Title: Sniffer Pro Network Optimization & Troubleshooting Handbook
  • Author(s): Syngress
  • Release date: August 2002
  • Publisher(s): Syngress
  • ISBN: 9780080480985