Debugging Techniques Standard and specialized debugging techniques.
This section discusses two types of debugging techniques: standard and specialized. Standard techniques apply to most debugging scenarios, and examples include setting breakpoints, inspecting the call stack, and finding a memory leak. Specialized techniques apply to particular technologies or types of code, and examples are Plug and Play debugging, Kernel Mode Driver Framework debugging, and RPC debugging.
Debugging Tools for Windows (WinDbg, KD, CDB, NTSD) Start here for an overview of Debugging Tools for Windows. This tool set includes WinDbg and other debuggers.
3 ways to get Debugging Tools for Windows
As part of the WDK
Install Microsoft Visual Studio and then install the Windows Driver Kit (WDK). Debugging Tools for Windows is included in the WDK.
As part of the Windows SDK
Install the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). Debugging Tools for Windows is included in the Windows SDK.
As a standalone tool set
If you want to download only Debugging Tools for Windows, install the Windows SDK, and, during the installation, select the Debugging Tools for Windows box and clear all the other boxes.
Nessus Network vulnerability scanner.
Note that there are license implications if this is used outside of a "home'.
OpenVAS The world's most advanced Open Source vulnerability scanner and manager.
OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.
Splunk Free and enterprise SIEM product with the ability to provide an amazing insight into your environment.
Sysinternals The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files.
This amazing collection of Windows troubleshooting tools is essential for one's toolbox.
Troubleshooting Troubleshooting tools. Contains many essentials and hopefully I also share a few gems that are new to you.
Windows Performance Toolkit Overview
The Windows® Performance Toolkit consists of two independent tools: Windows® Performance Recorder (WPR) and Windows® Performance Analyzer (WPA). In addition, support is maintained for the previous command-line tool, Xperf. However, Xperfview is no longer supported. All recordings must be opened and analyzed by using WPA.
Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) The Windows SDK also includes the Windows App Certification Kit 3.3 (Windows ACK) to test your app for the Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.1 Phone certification program.
The Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8.1 contains headers, libraries, and tools you can use when you create apps that run on Windows operating systems. You can use the Windows SDK, along with your chosen development environment, to write Windows Store apps and desktop apps for Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008.