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    running Wireshark as a service

    Has anyone successfully run Wireshark (or similar tool) as a service at system startup to gather frame data from a wireless card as it attempts to make a connection?

    I am trying to resolve a problem with an apparently random loss of connectivity with our wireless network.

    I have run Wireshark on a system exhibiting the problem and now I would like to repeat it on one that is working successfully to see where the process breaks. The problem is the wireless connection is made before logon so I cannot start Wireshark soon enough to gather the data.

    Any suggestions?

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    You should be able to launch it into capture by providing all of the right details into the command line at launch:
    9.2.*Start Wireshark from the command line

    and you should be able to set it up to run the GUI app as a service by using the Srvany wrapper from the Win 2k3 resource kit:
    Download details: Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

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    Quote Originally Posted by broc View Post
    The problem is the wireless connection is made before logon so I cannot start Wireshark soon enough to gather the data.

    Any suggestions?
    Disable the wireless once you're logged on, then re-enable it once you've started Wireshark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    Disable the wireless once you're logged on, then re-enable it once you've started Wireshark?
    I tried that, unless I missed something (very new to Wireshark, so quite possible) I discovered Wireshark expected to find the interface before it would start the trace.



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