Microsoft releases NT support tools

I got a surprising number of emails today informing me about a new set of tools that Microsoft has posted to its FTP site. I can't seem to find any information about these tools on their Web site, but a README file that accompanies the download offers some information.

The "Microsoft Windows NT 3.51, 4.0 Workstation and Windows NT 3.51, 4.0 Server Support Tools version 1.0," as they're called, are for troubleshooting and development and are currently only available for the Intel platform. There are three sets of tools:

1. Kernel Debugger Extensions: New debugger extensions to facilitate examination and analysis of a wider range of kernel data structures than is conveniently possible today, especially when dealing with crash dumps.

2. Pool Enhancements: Tools for memory pool caller-tracking/tail-checking and increasing available pool statistics.

3. Kernel Memory Space Analyzer: A heuristics-based kernel memory crash dump analysis tool to aid in diagnosing memory corruption problems. This tool discovers and analyzes anomalies in the kernel memory space.

Well, this is clearly a case of "you know when you need it." If you were somehow intrigued by these three tools, feel free to grab the 5.4 MB download from the Microsoft FTP site

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