Systems Engineering and RDBMS

SysInternals System Utilities

Posted by decipherinfosys on November 5, 2007

If you haven’t taken a look at the SystInternal utilities, it is high time that you did. Since mid of last year, Sysinternals is now a part of Microsoft. Anyone in the IT department or even the developers or DBAs should have some of these utilities in their arsenal to help you better manage and diagnose issues with your Windows Systems. Here is the link to the main site:

Some of the recent new additions are:

a) Handle v3.30: This utility can be used to display information about the open handles for any process in the system.

b) BgInfo v4.11: This can be used to automatically display relevant information (name, IP address, service pack information etc.) about a Windows PC on the desktop’s background. That way, when you get a help-desk request, you can just ask the user to state what they see on their desktop rather than going through msinfo32.exe or System Summary etc.

c) Process Explorer v11.03: This is my favorite utility – and one that has saved me enormous amount of time. Many a times while installing/un-installing applications on Windows, you would notice that the un-install sometime hangs because some process is holding on the resource. In order to troubleshoot it, you can use this utility to quickly find out which application it is.

d) ZoomIt v1.71: This is a zooming and annotation utility for technical presentations.

e) Process Monitor v1.23: This is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real time file system, registry and process/thread activity.

There are many others that might be of use to you. So, start playing with these utilities and see which one you can use in your development as well as production environment.

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