Listening ports and services

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 Nov. 2007 / Last Updated on 20 Nov. 2007]

How to find what ports your server is listening on and which service is listening on each port

How can you find what ports your server is listening on and which service is listening on each port? The traditional way is to open a command prompt and type netstat –anb. An even better way however is to use the free tool Port Reporter, which is available from the Microsoft Download Center. For a good introduction to Port Reporter and its capabilities, see;en-us;837243. Not many admins know about this cool tool from Microsoft!


Mitch Tulloch is lead author for the Windows Vista Resource Kit from Microsoft Press, which is THE book for IT pros who want to deploy, maintain and support Windows Vista in mid- and large-sized network environments. Mitch is also the author of Introducing Windows Server 2008, the first book from Microsoft Press about the exciting new server platform. For more information on these and other books written by Mitch, see

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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