Owl for Network is a relatively simple program designed to help you track network activity going out of your server. It listens to one or more ports on a specified device and lists destination IPs in the console.
At the moment, the utility offers a rather limited number of features, but improvements are planned for future releases.
The configuration process is not terribly complex, but you should pay close attention to the steps listed in the readme file.
First of all, you need to download Winpcap and WinDump. After installing the former, you can execute the “windump -D” command in the console and extract the strings that designate your network adapters.
Finally, this data needs to be inserted in the “config.properties” configuration file located in the application’s directory, along with your local IP address.
Once the configurations have been completed, you can run the application from the command console. If everything has been set up correctly, Owl for Network should capture the destination IPs of every outgoing data packet.
Additionally, it is possible to specify which ports the program should listen to, as well as limit the number of messages that are recorded.
The gathered data is exported to a log automatically, and you can edit the "Logger.properties" configuration file to customize the number and size of the output files.
However, very little information is provided about the recorded data transfers, as the program only displays their destination addresses and the local port number.
All in all, Owl for Network is a straightforward command-line utility that provides a solution for users who wish to monitor outgoing server network activity. It does its job well, and it can be configured without too much trouble, but it offers a very limited set of features at present.