Networking/Computing Tips/Tricks

For those of you who love Wireshark and are supporting BGP, we would like to offer a great default profile for basic BGP.  Consider for a moment what would be important in your network administration in basic BGP:

  • Being able to filter BGP packets quickly, as well as finding potentially bogus BGP
  • Colorizing BGP message types
  • Being able to quickly see Autonomous System numbers, metrics, and AS Paths

All this would be a great starting point.

Profiles are one of the most important Wireshark capabilities.  Setting up and using different profiles for different environments, protocols, and tasks is a crucial skill that we teach in our Wireshark courses.  Let's say you went to the Wireshark site and tried to find some!  Suprisingly, here is what you would get:

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.58.47 AM

Whaaaaat?????

No worries.  We have an answer below:

Let's look at what you get with this default basic BGP profile.

Capture Filters

Here are the capture filters in this profile:

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 9.22.14 AM

Display Filters

Here are the display filters in this profile:

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 9.23.23 AM

Colorization:

Here are the color rules we added:

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 9.23.55 AM

Columns

Here are the columns set up we like:

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 9.24.32 AM

Again, all of this is a great starting point.  What do you think we are missing?  What would you add?

Let us know here!

To download this ZIP file click here.  Make sure you unzip it into your personal folders, profiles subdirectory:

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.29.53 PM

We hope this helps you with BGP and Wireshark! 

Got a better one?  Or have a profile you would like to send to us?  Send it to andyw@cellstream.com - thanks in advance - we share profiles here.

Another way to find profiles, click on "Profile" in the tag cloud.

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