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So we developed a custom Socket Adapter for BizTalk Server 2004, and hooked up with a 3rd party demographics and charges vendor. As is often the case in such scenarios, their application took an intense dislike to our adapter. It wouldn't send Acks for some messages, then the next message would get back 42 Acks and so on and so forth. All in all not very savoury. So I went looking for a tool that would monitor my network interface, show me packets real-time, allow me to set up fancy filters, not require me to install it, minimize work for my lazy butt, and of course it had to be freeware (so basically my butt's a cheapskate too).

I found a lot of tools out there including the network monitor that ships with Server 2003. I tried all of them, and settled on this light-weight packet monitor from NetworkActiv Software (the freeware version of course). It served all of my needs and was light-weight enough to not contain ones that I didn't. It is downloadable as an install, but works even if you just copy over the exe to the target machine.

Turns out the problems were in the Vendor's app or that's the official party line at least. So do take a look.

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 2:59 PM BizTalk Server 2004 , Humor | Back to top

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