Installing the Windows Server 2003 Network Monitor

by Chris Sanders [Published on 18 May 2006 / Last Updated on 18 May 2006]

The Windows Server 2003 Network Monitor is a very useful tool for network monitoring and troubleshooting. Here is how to install it.

The Windows Server 2003 Network Monitor serves as a free packet sniffing tool provided by Microsoft. It can prove as a very useful tool for network troubleshooting. This software comes as a basic version on the standard operating system installation media. To install the basic version of Network Monitor you should do the following:
  1. Open Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel
  2. Click the Add/Remove Windows Components button
  3. Select Management and Monitoring Tools, and then click Details
  4. In this window, select the Network Monitor Tools check box, and then click OK
  5. Click Next, if prompted for additional files insert your Windows 2003 Server CD or type the appropriate network path to these files
  6. Click finish with installation is complete

The basic version only allows you to view data frames being sent and received by the computer it is installed on. In order to view data frames for an entire network segment you will need to upgrade to the full version, which is included with SMS.


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at

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Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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