Copyright © 1999-2012 Mark Russinovich

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The Windows NT and Windows 2000 Resource Kits come with a number of command line tools that help you administer your Windows NT/2K systems. Over time, I've grown a collection of similar tools, including some not included in the Resource Kits. What sets these tools apart is that they all allow you to manage remote systems as well as the local one. The first tool in the suite was PsList, a tool that lets you view detailed information about processes, and the suite is continually growing. The "Ps" prefix in PsList relates to the fact that the standard UNIX process listing command-line tool is named "ps", so I've adopted this prefix for all the tools in order to tie them together into a suite of tools named PsTools.

All of the utilities in the PsTools suite work on Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Server 2003 and none of the tools requires any special installation. You don't even need to install any client software on the remote computers at which you target them. Run them by typing their name and any command-line options you want. To show complete usage information, specify the "-?" command-line option.

The tools included in the PsTools suite are:

PsExec - execute processes remotely

PsFile - shows files opened remotely

PsGetSid - display the SID of a computer or a user

PsInfo - list information about a system

PsKill - kill processes by name or process ID

PsList - list detailed information about processes

PsLoggedOn - see who's logged on locally and via resource sharing

PsLogList - dump event log records PsPasswd - changes account passwords

PsPing - test network performance

PsService - view and control services

PsShutdown - shuts down and optionally reboots a computer

PsSuspend - suspend and resume processes



Some of the tools require that the default admin$ share be available and/or that the Remote Registry service be active.



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PsTools, for example for use within an organization, please contact [email protected].