I've previously blogged about a DBA toolkit on a USB stick. Now you can get the Sysinternals tools from the cloud. Just browse to http://live.sysinternals.com/ and click on the tool you need. It doesn't install, it just runs. Below is a screen capture of Process Monitor running from the the Sysinternals web page where Procmon.exe was clicked.
Alternatively, you can run tools from a command prompt using syntax following this pattern:
If you are running Vista with UAC enabled, you should run your command prompt as administrator because you'll get your results much faster. Running from a non-privileged command prompt is noticeably slower.
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About John Paul Cook
John Paul Cook is a Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft's data platform and works out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at clinics that treat low income patients. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2
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