Automated Troubleshooting with Pulover's Macro Creator

In this video, Tony Fortunato demonstrates how to use the free automation tool and script generator to streamline network troubleshooting.

Tony Fortunato

March 16, 2018

2 Min Read
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Whenever I write or talk about network automation, networking pros will tell me they aren't programmers, which I totally understand and respect. They're most likely thinking of Perl, Python or other programming languages that aren't typical skills for network troubleshooting. However, there's a free tool that makes it easy to automate certain network troubleshooting tasks and doesn’t require any programming skills.

In this video, I show you how to use Pulover's Macro Creator to create a script, or a packet "bookmark" that can help during protocol analysis. A packet bookmark involves generating a specific type of data while performing packet captures, so you can go back and find that point in time easier. For example, I might type some data into a webpage, then ping my router, then submit my changes. Afterwards I can simply search or refer to the ping packets to orient myself within the trace. This is especially helpful when working with encrypted or streaming data.

In the video, I enter some data, start a capture, then ping my router, submit my changes, and finally stop my Wireshark protocol analyzer.

There are many reasons why I enjoy using Pulover's Macro Creator, but here is my shortlist: It's a portable application; comes in both 64/32 bit versions; provides access to the script code so I can easily make changes; and supports mouse, keyboard, and image/pixel search.

When I troubleshoot, baseline or need a specific task to execute the same way every time, I turn to automation. This is incredibly helpful when performing application baselining since I prefer to have as much automation as possible. Regardless if you are a seasoned programmer or just getting into it, I would recommend giving Pulover's Macro Creator a try.

Get more troubleshooting tips at Interop ITX 2018 in Las Vegas, where expert Mike Pennacchi will lead a workshop, "Deep Dive Packet Analysis with Wireshark." Don't miss out! Register for Interop ITX 2018, April 30-May 4, today!


About the Author(s)

Tony Fortunato

Sr Network Performance Specialist

Tony Fortunato is a network performance expert who has been designing, implementing and troubleshooting networks since 1989. His company, The Technology Firm, provides clients of all sizes with services ranging from project management, network design, consulting, troubleshooting, designing custom-designed training courses, and assisting with equipment installation. Tony's experience in networking started with financial trading floor networks and ISPs, where he learned to integrate and support equipment from various vendors. Tony has taught and presented at numerous colleges and universities, public forums and private classes. He blogs frequently at NetworkDataPediaand has a popular YouTube channel.

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