Common Windows network troubleshooting commands (part 4)

by Marin Franković on 23 October, 2008

Netstat

Displays active TCP connections, ports on which the computer is listening, Ethernet statistics, the IP routing table, IPv4 statistics (for the IP, ICMP, TCP, and UDP protocols), and IPv6 statistics (for the IPv6, ICMPv6, TCP over IPv6, and UDP over IPv6 protocols). Used without parameters, netstat displays active TCP connections.

Syntax

netstat?[-a] [-e] [-n] [-o] [-p?Protocol] [-r] [-s] [Interval]

Parameters

-a ? : Displays all active TCP connections and the TCP and UDP ports on which the computer is listening.

-e ? : Displays Ethernet statistics, such as the number of bytes and packets sent and received. This parameter can be combined with -s.

-n ? : Displays active TCP connections, however, addresses and port numbers are expressed numerically and no attempt is made to determine names.

-o ? : Displays active TCP connections and includes the process ID (PID) for each connection. You can find the application based on the PID on the Processes tab in Windows Task Manager. This parameter can be combined with -a, -n, and -p.

-p ? Protocol ? : Shows connections for the protocol specified by Protocol. In this case, the Protocol can be tcp, udp, tcpv6, or udpv6. If this parameter is used with -s to display statistics by protocol, Protocol can be tcp, udp, icmp, ip, tcpv6, udpv6, icmpv6, or ipv6.

-s ? : Displays statistics by protocol. By default, statistics are shown for the TCP, UDP, ICMP, and IP protocols. If the IPv6 protocol for Windows?XP is installed, statistics are shown for the TCP over IPv6, UDP over IPv6, ICMPv6, and IPv6 protocols. The -p parameter can be used to specify a set of protocols.

-r ? : Displays the contents of the IP routing table. This is equivalent to the route print command.

Interval ? : Redisplays the selected information every Interval seconds. Press CTRL+C to stop the redisplay. If this parameter is omitted, netstat prints the selected information only once.

/? ? : Displays help at the command prompt.

Examples

To display both the Ethernet statistics and the statistics for all protocols, type the following command:

netstat -e -s

To display the statistics for only the TCP and UDP protocols, type the following command:

netstat -s -p tcp udp

To display active TCP connections and the process IDs every 5 seconds, type the following command:

nbtstat -o 5

To display active TCP connections and the process IDs using numerical form, type the following command:

nbtstat -n -o

I can also recommend you to check TCPView from Microsoft Sysinternals site.


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