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Install Process Explorer

FineBuild can install and configure Process Explorer as part of the SQL Server install process.

Process Explorer was originally produced by Sysinternals, now part of Microsoft. It can be considered as an advanced version of Windows Task Manager, and was chosen to be included in FineBuild to help troubleshoot failures in SQL Server components, SSIS packages, etc.

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FineBuild Process Explorer Install

Automated silent installation of Process Explorer is performed by Process Id 4TD and is controlled by the parameters below:

Install Parameter Build SQL2005 SQL2008 SQL2008R2 SQL2012 SQL2014
SetupProcExp FULL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupProcExp WORKSTATION Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupProcExp CLIENT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

In order to maintain compatibility with older versions of SQL FineBuild, the parameter InstProcExp can also be used.

FineBuild also uses the following parameters to help install Process Explorer:
Parameter Default Value Description
ProcExpDir ProcessExplorer Name of folder to hold Process Explorer program
ProcExpexe procexp.exe Name of Process Explorer program file
ProcExpZip Name of file holding Process Explorer install media

Process Explorer cannot be installed by FineBuild on a Windows Core operating system because it is supplied in zip file format.

The FineBuild install for Process Explorer includes the following:
  • Perform a Process Explorer install
  • Create a menu entry for Process Explorer in the Administrative Tools menu

Manual Process Explorer Install

The following steps show what you would have to do to install Process Explorer manually. FineBuild does all of this work for you automatically.

Process Explorer Install

1) Navigate to C:\Program Files and create a subfolder ProcessExplorer.

2) Navigate to the Additional Components folder and double-click on Highlight all files, right-click and select Copy.
ProcessExplorer Copy.png
3) Paste the Process Explorer files into C:\Program Files\ProcessExplorer.

Setup Process Explorer menu item

1) Right-click on procexp.exe and select Copy.
ProcessExplorer MenuCopy.png
2) Open the All Users Administrative Tools menu folder. Click on Start, right-click on Administrative Tools and select Open.
ProcessExplorer MenuNavigate.png
3) Right-click within the Administrative Tools folder, right-click and select Paste Shortcut.
ProcessExplorer MenuPaste.png
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Last edited Oct 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM by EdVassie, version 12