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Install Process Monitor

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

Process Monitor was originally produced by Sysinternals, now part of Microsoft. It is an advanced tool that shows real-time file system, registry and thread activity. It is often vital in troubleshooting problems within executable code.

Process Monitor home page http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645
Process Monitor download http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645
Process Monitor tutorial http://www.k-state.edu/its/security/training/2009-4-9/presentations/handouts/Process_Monitor_Tutorial_Handout.pdf
Process Monitor video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH_JqB_XwWg

FineBuild Process Monitor Install

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

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

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

FineBuild also uses the following parameters to help install Process Monitor:
Parameter Default Value Description
ProcMonDir ProcessMonitor Name of folder to hold Process Monitor program
ProcMonexe procmon.exe Name of Process Monitor program file
ProcMonZip ProcessMonitor.zip Name of file holding Process Monitor install media

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

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

Manual Process Monitor Install

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

Process Monitor Install

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

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

Setup Process Monitor menu item

1) Right-click on procexp.exe and select Copy.
ProcessMonitor MenuCopy.png
2) Open the All Users Administrative Tools menu folder. Click on Start, right-click on Administrative Tools and select Open.
ProcessMonitor MenuNavigate.png
3) Right-click within the Administrative Tools folder, right-click and select Paste Shortcut.
ProcessMonitor MenuPaste.png
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Last edited Oct 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM by EdVassie, version 8