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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073565672X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735656727
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,944 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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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Eric Lawrence on August 14, 2011
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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Fred Sabin on October 13, 2011
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CHopple on April 12, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jiyong Ahn on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rpm507 on June 23, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald A. Lamberg on May 23, 2013
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The book is technically great. Reading it is a problem, as the publisher must have been trying to save paper and ink. Some of the text is so small that a magnifying lens is required and even then it can't be read as the letters don't have enough pixels to define them. And , unfortunately the text in question is critical to the explanation. If this book is available digitally, you will want to procure it in that form.
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