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Tracert | NT 4.0 Home | NT System Utilities |

General Description, Examples, Other Utilities

General Description

Windows NT Tracert Utility runs at a Command prompt. It will trace a path from you to the URL or IP address given along with the tracert command.

You can also purchase programs that perform similar functions. Some of these programs can be found at the "Security Probes" page.

This is a very useful function which can be used to test the path to a destination internet site and see if there are any problems in making a connection.

The syntax is...( at the DOS prompt)

tracert <enter>

Usage: tracert [-d] [-h maximum_hops] [-j host-list] [-w timeout] target_name

-d Do not resolve addresses to hostnames.
-h maximum_hops Maximum number of hops to search for target.
-j host-list Loose source route along host-list.
-w timeout Wait timeout milliseconds for each reply.


1) Tracing a URL

An example would be...

D:\>tracert <enter>

Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 181 ms 160 ms 170 ms []
2 170 ms 170 ms 160 ms
3 .....

A listing will be presented showing the path to the site

Additionally the IP address (in this case will be shown.

2) Tracing an IP Address

You can also enter the IP address and trace the path to that host. In this case the host name of the server will be shown along with the trace.

For example,

D:\>tracert <enter>

Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1. ......

...displays the host name "" when in fact you only typed in "".

If the trace is completed you will get the message "Trace complete".

A trace that gives you errors implies either a bad path or a server that might not be responding.

3) Testing the TCP stack for proper operation

A special case of using the IP address will test your IP stack.

Other System Utilities

A similar function is included in the PING Utility.



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