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Sharkfest 2016 | TCP Tips and Tricks - What Makes Applications Crawl? (by Chris Greer)

This session was presented at SharkFest 2016 in Mountain View, California. 

TCP is a great protocol. The fact that this decades-old delivery mechanism is still responsible for our business critical applications today is quite impressive. Those guys knew what they were doing. 

It's true though that TCP has its bad days and can bring applications to a crawl. Or, when TCP itself isn't to blame, we can use it's behavior to isolate the real root cause of slow apps - network, client, or server. 

So, armed with Wireshark, some demo trace files, and a little bit of TCP know-how, we're going to do some packet digging to demonstrate TCP Tips and Tricks that are useful when troubleshooting slow applications. 



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Author Profile - Chris Greer is a Network Analyst for Packet Pioneer LLC and a Certified Wireshark Network Analyst. Chris regularly assists companies in tracking down the source of network and application performance problems using a variety of protocol analysis and monitoring tools including Wireshark. Chris also delivers training and develops technical content for several analysis vendors.

Snapshots from Sharkfest - TCP ACKFor Column (by Chris Greer)

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(Thanks to Hansang Bae for showing this quick tip at Sharkfest!)

Once again, Sharkfest is here. Attendees are crunching packets, digging through traces, and refining their art of protocol analysis - If packets are your thing, there is no better place to be.

Within the first three minutes of the first packet analysis session I attended this morning, my appreciation for the Sharkfest Wireshark Users conference was renewed. Where else in the world can you get packet-level analysis tips from people who have been doing this for decades? Where else do you see instructors finishing their sessions then sitting down as students of the next one?

A quick tip I learned on day 1.

Hanging Bae was busy doing his thing, showing some of the custom filters he uses in one of his TCP analysis profiles. One of the columns he uses is called ACKFor. On any TCP ACK, this column shows the frame number of the packet that is being acknowledged.

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Sharkfest 2016 with Wireshark 2.0.4 – The Founder - Gerald Combs - A fun perspective and history! (by Tim The Oldcommguy)

Sharkfest 2016 with Wireshark 2.0.4 – A fun perspective and history!

Everyone knows of Gerald Combs the founder of Wireshark, previously Ethereal, but few really know much about this smart, dedicated, kind, gentle and giving person.

Wireshark is a world class network capture and analysis tool, but it is much more as it is the dream of Gerald Combs.

Gerald Unsorted 18Gerald has always been a dreamer and always wanted to do something cool. He got his wish when in the late 90’s he decided that we, the network industry needed a tool that could be shared by everyone. In reality he was tired of having to hunt down and “borrow” the Sniffer. So he started Ethereal mainly for decoding the packets that had been captured with the NGC Sniffer!

So Ethereal was born with the help of some super social and technical friends that had the same vision and wanted to do something about the need!

Those friends were Richard Sharpe, Guy Harris and Gilbert Ramirez who with Gerald started the path of Ethereal to Wireshark. Of course there are many developers that have contributed to Wireshark over the years!

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LMTV Visibility | Every Bit, Byte and Packet (with Chris Bihary of Garland)

Garland170x200Please join +Chris Bihary, +Garland Technology CEO/Co-Founder and Jim Curtin, CEO/Co-Founder and Jin Qian, CTO/Co-Founder of CapStar Forensics to learn more about their joint solution that will be on display at this year's Sharkfest - the Wireshark Developer and User Conference.

With Garland Technology's recent product launch of its 1G Modular Packet Broker System the forensics community now has an affordable 1G packet broker that can filter, aggregate, regenerate and load balance to one or multiple monitoring tools.

In today's session we are going to discuss how this works with CapStar Forenic's platform to provide users faster MTTR and lower cost per investigation. Capstar Forensic's 'blazing fast' software tool features a fast load time and quick scans of PCAPs - allowing you to analyze complex networking and security scenarios.

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LMTV Wireshark 2.0 | Panel Discussion with Gerald Combs and the Gang

PLEASE JOIN THIS LIVE EVENT : Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 9:30 AM PST

Wireshark2In 1997, +Gerald Combs invented an open source tool for tracking down network problems which he called Ethereal. In 2006, the project re-emerged under the current name of +Wireshark. In 2008, after 10 years of development, Version 1.0 was finally released which coincided with the first annual +SharkFest Wireshark Developer and User Conference. At the end of 2015, Version 2.0 was released featuring a new user interface. At LoveMyTool, our writers have been publishing a series of articles explaining the various new features of 2.0.

Gerald combsIn this exciting special episode of LMTV, in addition to +Gerald Combs, we have invited +tony fortunato, +Chris Greer and +Paul Offord. Besides being writers of LoveMyTool, this panel of experts span the entire spectrum of +Wireshark enthusiasts. Their roles range from users, to instructors, to entrepreneurs and most recently, to contributing developers.

This will no doubt be an exciting show. Come join us live.

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LMTV Sharkfest | TRANSUM How-To Part 2 - Troubleshooting Network and Application Performance Problems (by Paul Offord)

Live Event Schedule: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Picture of Paul OffordLMTV SharkfestIs it the network or isn’t it?

Upon popular demand, +Paul Offord is giving us a re-run of his well attended SharkFest 15 session, which covers performance analysis theory and the practicalities of using the TRANSUM free plugin for Wireshark.

The purpose of this two-part LMTV presentation is to look at how network engineers can use TRANSUM to quickly analyse a slow response time problem and produce concrete proof of the cause.

Specifically, in Part 2, Paul will demonstrate the analysis of two problems using TRANSUM and close the session with a look at some related assets available from the TribeLab project.

Paul has had a 37-year career in the IT industry that includes roles in hardware engineering, software engineering and network management. Prior to founding Advance7, he worked with IBM, National Semiconductor and Hitachi Data Systems. Paul is leading a project called TribeLab with the objective of promoting evidence-based troubleshooting to the IT industry. TRANSUM is one of the first outputs from the TribeLab project.

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