Microsoft’s Sysinternals tools are now ”live”. When I read this today, I wondered how this could possibly work. I mean, how can you integrate a bunch of sophisticated system tools in a Web site? I was quite disappointed, when I saw that Sysinternals Live is nothing other than a directory on a Web Server, which contains all of the Sysinternals tools.
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The directory only lists the DOS-style name of the Sysinternals tools. If you are not a Sysinternals geek, you will hardly find your way around in there. So what is the purpose of this? Well, you can launch the Sysinternals tools from the command prompt with \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\<toolname>. This is could be useful, if you work on a desktop where you don’t have your toolbox at hand.
But, on second thought, wouldn’t it be easier just to copy them all to a memory stick? It is not only more convenient to access the tools this way but also faster. The good thing about this directory is that I know now how much space the Sysinternals tools require. You won’t believe it, but it is just 23 MB. See how easy it is to get all this “Live experience” with a cheap USB stick? Now, before you start clicking to download them all, I suggest that you just map “Sysinternals Live” to a drive letter with \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\.
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The reaction on the blogosphere was largely positive, but in my opinion Mark Russinovich is damaging the Live brand with something like this. I expect a little more from “Live” than a simple listing of a couple of tools. If Sysinternals Live would be a Silverlight app containing the documentation of all of the tools, then this would be something really cool.