Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Microsoft Windows Server 2003
WFetch 1.3 is included in the Internet Information Server (IIS) 6.0 Resource Kit Tools. To download the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Tools, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
WFetch 1.2 is available for use with earlier versions of Windows. To download WFetch 1.2, visit the following the following Microsoft Web site:
WFetch is a free utility that is provided on an "as-is" basis. Microsoft does not support the utility, but you can use it to provide detailed information about the traffic between the client and server.
Warning This utility provides advanced features that can permit a user to expose a server to potential security risks. For this reason, Microsoft recommends that the utility be used only in testing, and not in a production environment. See the "Security Ramifications" section of this article for more information.
The following features are available in the current version of WFetch:
- Multiple HTTP verbs (GET, HEAD, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, POST, OPTIONS)
- Configurable host name
- Configurable TCP port
- HTTP 1.0 and HTTP 1.1 support
- Multiple authentication types (Anonymous, Basic, NTLM, Kerberos, Digest, Negotiate)
- Client-certificate support
- Multiple connection types (HTTP, HTTPS, PCT 1.0, SSL 2.0, SSL 3.0, TLS 3.1)
- Proxy support
- Advanced requests that are entered manually or read from a file
- On-screen and file-based logging
To troubleshoot connectivity issues (including TCP session data), use a utility such as Network Monitor, which captures network packets.
- In the Host box, type the name of a Web site (for example, www.microsoft.com).
- In the Path box, select the path of the file, folder, or application on the Web site that you used in step 1 (for example, /default.asp).
- Add any additional options based on the test that is being performed.
- Click Go.
- WFetch permits a user to store a password for later authenticated logon attempts. By default, the Save check box is not selected. When the Save check box is selected, the password that is typed in the Authentication section is written in clear-text format to the system registry in the following key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WfetchBy default, the following accounts have Allow permissions on the Wfetch registry key:
- Administrators (local): Read, Full Control
- Restricted: Read
- System: Read, Full Control
- <CURRENT_USER>: Read, Full Control
- To test client certificate support, WFetch can optionally install a test root certificate. Because of this, make sure that this tool not be used on production systems.
- When you are adding a test root certification authority, WFetch automatically adds the test root certification authority as a trusted root certification authority, which can prevent the warning that typically is displayed when SSL connections are made to sites that use certificates that are issued by certification authorities that are not trusted.
For additional information about troubleshooting with Network Monitor, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
For additional information about Digital Certificates, Cryptography, and SSL, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Article ID: 284285 - Last Review: Mar 18, 2009 - Revision: 1