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Windows Internals, Part 2 (6th Edition) (Developer Reference) 6th Edition

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About the Author

Mark Russinovich is a Technical Fellow in the Windows Azure group at Microsoft. He is coauthor of Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference, co-creator of the Sysinternals tools available from Microsoft TechNet, and coauthor of the Windows Internals book series. David A. Solomon is coauthor of the Windows Internals book series and has taught his Windows internals class to thousands of developers and IT professionals worldwide, including Microsoft staff. He is a regular speaker at Microsoft conferences, including TechNet and PDC. Alex Ionescu is a chief software architect and consultant expert in low-level system software, kernel development, security training, and reverse engineering. He teaches Windows internals course with David Solomon, and is active in the security research community.

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 6 edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735665877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735665873
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Russinovich works at Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft's senior-most technical position. He joined the company when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, which he co-founded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals tools. He is coauthor of the Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine. He lives in Washington State with his wife, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

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The Windows Internals books have always been the most in-depth look into how the Windows Operating System works and provide valuable information for anyone developing and debugging Windows applications. I have used these books as a reference since the third edition and they have continuously gotten more comprehensive in size. The sixth edition is now split into two parts, the second part being reviewed here.

The last edition covered both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista while this edition focuses on their successors Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. The main topics stayed the same albeit networking moved up further in the chapters than compared to the previous edition. As the changes between the underlying kernels (fifth edition: Kernel 6.0, sixth edition: Kernel 6.1) have been negligible, the individual chapters are pretty much the same. Most of the things described in the fifth edition are still applicable in the latest Kernel.

The first part of the book, which was released in March 2012, provided a general overview over the basic layout and concepts of the Windows Operating System before going into further details of dedicated mechanism and subsystems such as processes, threads, security, networking and so on.

The second part focuses on the remaining mechanism and subsystems such as the I/O system, storage and memory, file system, startup and shutdown as well as crash dump analysis. Compared to the last edition, most of the chapters are fairly similar in size as only marginal changes were made in the Kernel in these areas.

As before, this book contains an abundance of low-level technical information and thus requires a fairly solid background with native tools such as the WinDbg application.
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These books have been vital to me. I own several prior versions (in paper form), and the content is extremely valuable - can't get it anywhere else. The same is true of v6 - excellent, vital content. But there is one huge glaring flaw here, and it is the sole source of my down-rating from 5 stars to 2 stars.

In the Kindle version of part 1 of this book, you get a Table of Contents for the chapters (1-7) included in that book. The Kindle version of this book, part 2, provides *no* table of contents. For a reference work of this kind, TOC is absolutely necessary. I hope someone on the author/publishing team reads this and fixes it!
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What else can I say? This is my ultimate reference book on Windows (I'm referring to Parts 1 and 2). I source this before Microsoft TechNet or the Web because chances are what I'm looking for is there and I can find it quicker than online sourcing.
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Digital edition suffers from bad picture quality. The contents is excellent. I use it time to time, only when I need deeper dive into specific area. I usually find answers 80-90% times. I recommend for professionals and advanced.
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Needed something updated over my older Win 7 reference that specifically talks about the internal tools. If you tried to find this info on Microsoft's page, you'd have to do a little digging. This puts it all in one place!
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This is a fantastic book and a must have for people who delve deep in OS internal concepts to understand resource utilization concepts and debugging.
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Russinovich has the patience to track the evolution of NT from its origins in VMS. You won't write drivers or services from these books, but you'll understand the rationale guiding the developers. The details are in the "SDK"s. These two volumes (used to be one), are what you want to understand what the architects intended. David Solomon was part of the DEC team from which NT was spawned. These books explain new functionality from the perspective of engineers who knew the original. It is much more readable than the VMS Internals manuals, required reading for driver writers, and recommended for application developers.
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The reason for the caveat is that the writer makes a lot of assumptions about the level of knowledge of the reader. If you have a good understanding about operating systems and are looking for more detailed information about the Windows specific implementation then this is a great book and exactly what you are looking for. If you are not that knowledgeable about operating systems you are going to spend a great deal of time looking things up and your progress through the book will be greatly hampered.
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