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The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich to host his advanced system utilities and technical information and was aquired by Microsoft in 2006. Sysinternals provides utilities to help manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.


PSTools can be used both locally and on remote systems.

  • 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
  • PsPing - measure network performance
  • 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 (full source is included)
  • PsLogList - dump event log records
  • PsPasswd - changes account passwords
  • PsService - view and control services
  • PsShutdown - shuts down and optionally reboots a computer
  • PsSuspend - suspends processes
  • PsUptime - shows you how long a system has been running since its last reboot

Download and extract PSTools to the System32 folder in Windows, the tools can then be accessed via the commandline. The first time each tool is run a user agreement window will be envoked.

Example to check uptime on remove servers.