"Fortunate are those who take the first steps.” ― Paulo Coelho

Debugging tools -cheat sheat


  1. Performance Monitor -( part of OS, helps to know the app health. Run >Perfmon )
  2. PAL – (Performance Analysis of Logs - )
  3. Process Monitor – (capture of process details, including image path, command line, user and session ID, downloaded from technet site)
  4. Process Explorer -(captures cpu usage, dll info, handles)
  5. MPSReport ( batch utility to automate the gathering of diagnostic information from Windows for troubleshooting.-from MSFT site)
  6. SPSReport (SPS Reporting Tool is utilized to gather detailed information regarding a systems current configuration-
  7. SPDisposeCheck (assist you dig through your custom SharePoint MSIL assemblies)
  8. Dependency Walker (  Useful for troubleshooting system errors related to loading and executing modules
  9. SQL Nexus (Tool for isolating problems on the SQL Server side -
  10. CLRProfiler (focused on managed heap, Who allocates what,What objects survive,What is on the heap,Who is holding on to objects)
  11. LogParser -universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files
  12. Indihiang (Great tool to analyze IIS logs –
  13. PowerShell – scripting language, less code than Jscript or vbscript, greate for admin and dev’s -
  14. Application Verifier –  Whether there are memory corruptions or issues in the heap, invalid handles, critical sec – for native coded app debugging
  15. Logger/LogViewer – logs every API call done by the target application



  1. XPerf – Windows Performance Analyzer – efficient tracing infrastructure provided by Windows
  2. PerfView – Low Level Profiler for .NET applications
  3. DebugDiag – Debug Diagnostic – Crash rule,IIS Performance rule,Memory and Handle Leak rule ,Manual Dump collection ,Automated Analysis feature
  4. ProcDump – Process Dump ( C:\>procdump -h hang.exe hungwindow.dmp)-collect dump files when a specific application is consuming high CPU
  5. WinDbg – Windows Debugging Tools -Psscor2.dll ,Sosex.dll ,
  6. WinDbg Scripts – Automate the Debugging -
  7. Netmon – Microsoft Network Monitor – Easy way to visualize HTTP, TCP/IP and other types of network communication
  8. Fiddler – HTTP Debugger Proxy-Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet.


Some of the .NET debugging videos also here – For more ref, read from here.

October 10, 2012 - Posted by | windbg

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