If broken it is, fix it you should

Using the powers of the debugger to solve the problems of the world - and a bag of chips    by Tess Ferrandez, ASP.NET Escalation Engineer (Microsoft)

Slides and resources for TechED presentations about debugging .NET issues with Windbg

Slides and resources for TechED presentations about debugging .NET issues with Windbg

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I still have to figure out a way to host the video from the break-out session but until then, here are the slides for my presentations (attached).

And here are a list of some of the tools and resources I used for the presentations

Tool/Resource Comment Download Link
Debugging Tools for windows Windbg, adplus etc. http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/default.mspx
Debug Diag 1.1 Analyzes dumps, good for native memory leaks http://www.microsoft.com/DOWNLOADS/details.aspx?FamilyID=28bd5941-c458-46f1-b24d-f60151d875a3&displaylang=en
Cmdtree Command and textfile to get a treeview with commands in windbg http://www.wintellect.com/CS/blogs/jrobbins/archive/2008/09/17/windbg-cmdtree-file-that-eases-some-sos-pain.aspx
Tinyget Poor mans stresstest (sends httprequests) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/840671
Using SOS in Visual studio   http://blogs.msdn.com/tess/archive/2007/10/19/net-finalizer-memory-leak-debugging-with-sos-dll-in-visual-studio.aspx
Reflector Show code when you just have the dll http://www.red-gate.com/products/reflector/
Viewstate decoder Decodes viewstate from dumps or “view source” http://www.pluralsight.com/toolcontent/ViewStateDecoder21.zip
Buggy bits labs Hands on Labs to learn .net debugging with windbg http://blogs.msdn.com/tess/pages/net-debugging-demos-information-and-setup-instructions.aspx
John Robbins debugging book Best book ever about .net debugging http://www.microsoft.com/MSpress/books/8650.aspx
SOS Assist GUI for dump debugging http://www.thinktecture.com/SOSAssist
Process explorer Task manager on steroids… Make sure to have a look at Mark Russinovich’s video “The case of the unexplained” under related links http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
Process monitor Regmon, filemon etc. packed into one tool… http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx

Have fun,


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  • Hi Tess,

    Thanks for posting this compilation of resources!

    I wonder, though - the description for Process Explorer seems to more closely match that for Process Monitor...

  • sorry, meant to add both to the list and typed to fast:)  adding process monitor now

  • Hi Tess,

    very nice compilation of tools.

    I had just a look at DebugDiag. Since I am developing on the x64 platform I would need a 64-bit version of it. So far I have not found it. Is a 64-bit version available?


      Alois Kraus

  • There is one in the works, but I dont think it is publicly downloadable yet.

    If you are running 32bit IIS you should use the 32-bit one though even if you are on a 64bit platform

  • Jag har vid ett antal tillfällen fått hjälp av en talarcoach på Microsoft, hon är

  • .NET Redirecting without the exceptions So, what’s new in the CLR 4.0 GC? Source Control for Visual

  • Hi, Tess,

    thanks for your posting. Yes, it's my need :)

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