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5.0 out of 5 stars A peak under the hood of the Windows OS, 16 Sep 2011
This review is from: Windows Sysinternals Administrator's Reference (Paperback)
The Sysinternals Suite is a collection of more than 70 diagnostic and troubleshooting utilities which are free to download from Microsoft Technet. Although it started out as a separate company (as Winternals Software) by Bryce Cogswell and Mark Russinovich, it was bought by Microsoft in 2006. This book is a guide on how to use these tools to keep your system running smoothly.
The book starts with a quick chapter on the background behind the utilities which explains how they can be obtained and where to find related material on the Sysinternals website. Next the book devotes a chapter on the some of the core concepts of Windows. Although well explained, this is a short overview and I imagine it will puzzle someone that isn't acquainted with basic programming/Windows concepts. But, to be fair, this isn't a book for beginners.
Part II of the book is the usage guide to the tools themselves. A chapter is devoted to either a single major utility (in the case of process explorer, for example), or a group of tools which are related by subject (e.g. security utilities). While you can get a lot of the core information on their website, the book allows the authors to go into more detail and include background along with other hints and tips.
If you haven't used the utilities before then part III will probably be the most helpful. In it, the Mark goes through how they can be used to solve real life problems. The idea here is really to give you some thoughts on how you might tackle your own problems, as it would be impossible to provide a step-by-step approach to fault finding of this complexity.
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to gain a deeper understanding in how to troubleshoot Windows, whether that be because you work in this area or because you just find it interesting. The book has a more practical slant that the Windows Internals books (which Mark also co-authors), but they both make excellent companions. My only criticism is that some of this material can be found online: there's a brief explanation of how to operate each utility on the Sysinternals website where there are also more 'Case of the Unexplained...' which constitute part III. Having said that, I think the price tag is worth the greater detail and convenience of having this material in book form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PC problems resolved, 5 July 2014
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Mr. Stephen G. Walker ""OZZY"" (Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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Mark Russionovich has created tools to resolve many computer problems; of which he describes in this book. I must admit, after reading Windows Sysinternals Administrators' Reference, I have implemented them on my system. And they do work. Informative, easy to understand, and written with non-technical people in mind, I recommend this book. It would suit system builders alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Windows Sysinternals Administrators Reference, 24 Nov 2013
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This book is written by a man who knows his subject inside out and has the ability to communicate clearly and precisely. If you want to use the software tools he has created to investigate problems and understand Microsoft Windows more thoroughly then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 July 2014
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A very good informative read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money, 18 Dec 2011
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Even though most of the utilities are self explanatory this book filled in the gaps admirably and covered the advanced options exceptionally well
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4.0 out of 5 stars The easiest way to get familiar with all the programs, 2 April 2013
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This is an excellent way to learn about the details of the programs, it is well laid out and covers everything. It is well worth watching the online tutorials as well, as they add depth to the written word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Windows Internals, 30 Jun 2012
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Opened up what's inside Windows and how to use the tools supplied, still planning to buy the follow on book and do fault-finding on Windows Applications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SysInternals, 6 Dec 2011
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I had a requirement to test performance on pc desktops, Sysinternals received great reviews and was free and easy to download. At this time there was only the help menu for decifering the various sections of Sysinternals. Not everything was covered on the help menu, so I was still left pretty much in the dark. I waited for this book to come out and I am still working through it, but I now have a much better understanding of SysInternals and would recommend buying it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well packed, 12 Aug 2013
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I know why I bought this but had not realized how detailed the book would be. Nevertheless I shall be reading it to learn about System Internals.
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