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Hello All,

I have been hearing things about the application dumpcap/tshark that comes as a part of a Wireshark and I would like to be able to run this application on network pc's. The network performance is quite slow and theres multiple application issues that are quite hard to troubleshoot while the network is so slow.

Here's the scenario:
I have 100+ PC's on a local network and on these workstations they're legacy applications as well as more mainstream applications running, even some that use VOIP for ip phone communication..I would like to be able to run the dumpcap at certain times through out the week.


Now my question is:
What is the process of installing dumpcap on a remote machine ?
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Assuming a Windows machine, just RDP to it and then install it like you would if you were sitting at the machine.
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Hi giltjr,

Can dumpcap be installed as a stand alone application without installing the whole of wireshark ? or do i have to have wireshark installed fuly to get dumpcap to wrk?
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Not sure.  At a minimum you need WinPcap installed: https://www.winpcap.org/ and then the dumpcap executable.  You could experiment.

I found this post about using dumpcap only:

https://ask.wireshark.org/questions/31548/dumpcap-only-without-wireshark

However it also bascially said:

If all you want to do is capture, you could try WinDump, http://www.winpcap.org/windump/install/default.htm.  It written by the same group that writes WinPcap.  I don't know how current it is, but it should work.  With it you install WinPcap and then just copy the executable and go.
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