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DBA Toolkit from the Cloud

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 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.

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2008 11:59 PM by John Paul Cook



Gennadi Gretchkosiy said:

Hmm... How about to put all of them in one ZIP file?

June 12, 2008 1:54 AM

John Paul Cook said:

Putting the files into a zip file isn't the point. That has always been an option. The idea here is of software as an internet delivered service. If you put the tools in a zip file, you have to transport the zip file and have it with you. Sure, you could have your tools on a USB memory stick, but you'd be tied to the memory stick. With software as a cloud delivered service, all you need is connectivity to have tools on demand.

June 12, 2008 8:13 AM

mjswart said:

This is very good news.

It's also a very timely post. I linked to this particular post today.

June 12, 2008 9:40 AM

Denis Gobo said:

>>Hmm... How about to put all of them in one ZIP file?

This is available, here is the direct link

I wrote about this a while back here

And all the pstools accept "-accepteula" as an argument....

June 12, 2008 9:45 AM
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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in 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 recently completed the education to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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