Tech Tip: Get detailed server information with Process Explorer

Find out how you can use Sysinternals' Process Explorer to get information about specific processes on your server.

UNIX folks have long used utilities that provide extremely detailed information about what their systems are doing. Now, Windows folks can access similar information for their Windows Server 2003 network.

Sysinternals offers a free utility called Process Explorer, which you can download from Sysinternals' Web site. Process Explorer displays a plethora of information about your system.

In particular, it can provide the following information about specific processes on your server:

  • The files and folders a process has opened
  • The handles and DLLs that the process has opened
  • The registry keys a process is using
  • The process owner
  • The TCP ports a process has opened
  • CPU usage specific to the process
  • Process security information

Process Explorer also gives you the ability to kill a process from the utility.

To use Process Explorer, download the ZIP file, and run the included executable. You don't have to install anything; however, you can gain additional functionality by installing the debugging symbols on your server.

Process Explorer runs on Windows 9x, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. It also supports the 64-bit editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

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