I have been testing Wireshark v1.8.4, 32-bit version on Windows 2003 Server (32-bit, 2gig memory), Windows XP (32-bit 2gig memory) and Windows 7 (64-bit 4gig memory). All just monitoring short packets. The Windows 2003 Server use up memory much faster, and does not release it when you "restart" the capture or when you are capturing to disk, limit 10MB. Windows 7 and XP can capture over 1 million packets before running out of memory. Windows 2003 Server will run out of memory around 50,000 packets.
asked 29 Jan '13, 12:02
converted to question 30 Jan '13, 00:12