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Windows Sysinternals Administrator's Reference (Inside Out) [Paperback]

by Aaron Margosis, Mark Russinovich
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

June 25, 2011 073565672X 978-0735656727 1

Get in-depth guidance—and inside insights—for using the Windows Sysinternals tools available from Microsoft TechNet. Guided by Sysinternals creator Mark Russinovich and Windows expert Aaron Margosis, you’ll drill into the features and functions of dozens of free file, disk, process, security, and Windows management tools. And you’ll learn how to apply the book’s best practices to help resolve your own technical issues the way the experts do.

Diagnose. Troubleshoot. Optimize.

  • Analyze CPU spikes, memory leaks, and other system problems
  • Get a comprehensive view of file, disk, registry, process/thread, and network activity
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot issues with Active Directory
  • Easily scan, disable, and remove autostart applications and components
  • Monitor application debug output
  • Generate trigger-based memory dumps for application troubleshooting
  • Audit and analyze file digital signatures, permissions, and other security information
  • Execute Sysinternals management tools on one or more remote computers
  • Master Process Explorer, Process Monitor, and Autoruns

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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. Aaron Margosis is a Principal Consultant with Microsoft Public Sector Services. He specializes in application development on Windows platforms, with a focus on security, least privilege, and compatibility in locked-down environments.


Product Details

  • Series: Inside Out
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073565672X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735656727
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable guide for indispensable tools August 14, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was excited to hear that the legendary Mark Russinovich had teamed up with all-around-smart guy Aaron Margosis to put together a guide to the Sysinternals toolset. Titled Windows Sysinternals Administrator's Reference, can get it for your Kindle, or as I did, in old-fashioned dead-tree format, suitable for scribbling in and dog-earing to your heart's content.

Now, for the rare techie who's not already a big fan of the Sysinternals tools, I'll give a bit of background. The collection includes around 70 freeware utilities grouped into six loose categories (Process Utilities, Security Utilities, File and Disk Utilities, Networking Utilities, System Info, and Miscellaneous) the majority of which run on any version of Windows (XP and later). I've been using several of the tools on an almost daily basis for a decade. I use Sysinternals utilities to deeply understand the guts of every product I've ever worked on, and to resolve problems with many pieces of software I otherwise know little about..

One of the perks of working in the Windows division at Microsoft is access to the source code of every version of Windows we've shipped in the last decade, but when I want to understand how our software works, I turn to Fiddler and the Sysinternals tools. Why? Because these utilities tell you the truth and show what's really going on. Source code is super-useful, of course, but it's often much more challenging to dig through--there are tens of millions of lines of code to sift through, and they interact in ways that were never formally documented, and sometimes, we find, ways that were never intended. The advantage of using monitoring utilities is that you get to see what's happening, and that usually brings you 90% of the way to a solution.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Sysinternals Manual October 13, 2011
Format:Paperback
Fred Sabin (President, New Jersey Computer Club) Review - October 13, 2011

Sysinternals is a free suite of advanced Microsoft Windows troubleshooting utilities, originally available from [...] , which now redirects to Microsoft's TechNet Web site at [...] . Written for IT professional and technical users, many are difficult to understand and use "as-is" without a significant understanding of operating systems.

This is why the "Windows Sysinternals Administrator's Reference" is so valuable. The book gives an overview of each tool, what it does, and how it does it. It provides background concept information with detailed instructions to facilitate learning, and as you use each tool you will gain experience that will allow you to develop a better understanding of the results.

For example, "Task Manager" is included with the Windows operating system to view processes running on your computer. It is relatively simple to use, but it lacks the detailed information necessary to assist in solving anything but the most basic problems. Sysinternals "Process Explorer" (Procexp) is a utility that provides significantly more detailed information, and the initial process tree will make this readily apparent. Unfortunately, as you delve deeper the situation becomes more complex and difficult to understand to those with limited technical training or experience. That is where this book will be a benefit to you. It will assist you in knowing what the information means, and where to go for additional information (or the next step).

If you are not familiar with "Task Manager" and how to use it, then these utilities will probably be of little use to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Computer Professional needs this book April 12, 2012
By CHopple
Format:Paperback
If you are a Network Admin, System Admin, or a Programmer you need this book. These tools give you a quick and easy view into Windows and helps you solve problems quickly. The more use these tools the more they will amaze you. What a time saver!!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Printed help file -- not much more October 31, 2011
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The book is mostly the help file with only limited new material. It is good to have; and thus, I gave it four stars. I would have liked to see more material on how to use the tools and why some of the options exist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By rpm507
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I definitely recommend the digital version as the ability to perform text searches was the most useful feature. I am able to easily find to sections which identify useful functionality and also functionality which is not available. It does seem to be a collection of information that is available elsewhere but I like having it at my fingertips. I started using it as a reference but find that it is an easy read with plenty of pictures which highlight the depth of the functionality available in Sysinternals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information November 26, 2012
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I bought this book for the chapter on Process Explorer. It was worth it for that alone, but there was so much more. Great value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book July 20, 2012
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Some things are assumed in this book but if you think about it, you can figure it out.

Example - ProcDump is an application mentioned in the book that uses command prompt to give it commands. When you launch command prompt it defaults to a specific folder, you profile folder. Well if you do not have this application in that folder, then it won't work. They don't tell you this. It is assumed you know this. That's what IT is all about though, solving problems.

I think this is a good book and a must have for any serious helpdesk tech.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic aid for learning about Windows
Every Windows IT Administrator, Developer, or Hobbyist should be familiar with the free Sysinternals tools available from Microsoft's website. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars It's actually out of date, newer tools are used which are not covered.
It does a good job of explaining things and gives some ideas to try, so that part is okay.

But there are new versions of the software out and the book doesn't cover them... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars Goes out of date quickly.
I was hoping this book had more insight into some of the works of the tools. It basically just supplied data you can get in the help file or through the forums but this goes out of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T-me
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Very Informative, coming from the people who developed the tools, I would say this is a very helpful book if you want to learn more about how computers running Windows OS can be... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Arturo C. Alvarez
3.0 out of 5 stars Good descriptions of what you can see
I thought I would buy this book to go along with my Sysinternals download. To be honest, the most value is in the sections describing issues and how you can use Sysinternals to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Appropriate
The subject manner of the book as well as a description of the tools was appropriate and timely and provided the basis for good troubleshooting..
Published 8 months ago by Arthur L Jelsma
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
Great beginners look at the internal workings of the Windows operating system. Just what I was looking for. I've already e-mailed author.
Published 9 months ago by solo98221
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Print Quality
The book is technically great. Reading it is a problem, as the publisher must have been trying to save paper and ink. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ronald A. Lamberg
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
this book is very informative and very detailed it is just what I was looking forkeep up the excellent work mark
Published 12 months ago by Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference.
Way boring if you are a weekend warrior with this kind of work. I imaging a full time system administrator would value this book more than I do.
Published 13 months ago by david grant
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