If you are trying to troubleshoot a Windows Platform, there are some great tools that you could install to help you get a better idea about that is going on. Below is a list of some of these great Microsoft home grown tools:
PsExec v1.90: This version of PsExec, a command-line tool for executing programs locally and remotely, significantly improves handling of arguments passed to the specified application by not modifying spacing or quotation marks. It also fixes a number of minor bugs, including ones related to running programs in alternate terminal server sessions.
Process Explorer v11.04: This update fixes a memory leak in the threads tab.
DebugView v4.72: DebugView, a real-time debug output monitor, has several minor bug fixes.
Process Monitor v1.26: This release of Process Monitor contains minor bug fixes.
BgInfo v4.12: Improved reporting of CPU cores and logical processors for multi-core and multi-proc machines.
Active Directory Migration Tool v.3.0
The Active Directory Migration Tool version 3 (ADMT v3) provides an integrated toolset to facilitate migration and restructuring tasks in an Active Directory infrastructure.
Domain Rename Tools
The Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain Rename Tools provide a security-enhanced and supported methodology to rename one or more domains (as well as application directory partitions) in a deployed Active Directory forest. The DNS name and the NetBIOS name of a domain can be changed using the domain rename procedure.
File Replication Services (FRS) Monitoring and Troubleshooting Tools
File Replication Service (FRS) is the replication engine used by Windows Server 2003 to keep Distributed File System (DFS) shares synchronized. FRS is also used by the operating system to replicate the contents of the SYSVOL folder in domain controllers and is integral to the domain controller advertising itself. In either scenario, it is important to ensure that the service is functioning properly and that replicated content is in a consistent state.
Internet Information Services Downloads
This page links to a variety of tools and other resources for migrating and enhancing Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0.
Log Parser 2.2 Tool
Log parser is a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory.
Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit
With Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit system administrators can easily migrate shared folders from servers running Windows NT Server 4.0 or the Windows 2000 family of servers, to a server running Windows Server 2003 or Windows Storage Server 2003.
Microsoft Operations Manager Base Management Pack
The Microsoft Operations Manager Base Management Pack modules provide preconfigured rules, responses, and prescriptive advice for managing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 services, including the Active Directory directory service, IIS, and networking and file replication services.
Microsoft Operations Manager Resource Kit Tools
These resource kit tools help you simplify and enhance the management of your Windows–based platform. Tools include the Server Status Monitor (SSM), which enables you to monitor the simple up or down status of a small group of servers.
MIIS 2003 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager
The Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) 2003 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) monitors MIIS 2003 components and helps ensure that all necessary services that support MIIS 2003 are running, identity integration is performing normally and predictably, automation of identity integration does not result in data corruption or loss, and any events that could adversely affect MIIS 2003 or MIIS 2003-managed systems are visible.
MIIS 2003 Management Pack Guide for Microsoft Operations Manager
This is the guide to the MIIS 2003 Management Pack for MOM, which provides monitoring data for each of the MIIS 2003 solution scenarios. This document provides guidance on how MIIS 2003 enables the integration and management of identity information across multiple repositories, systems, and platforms.
MIIS 2003 Resource Tool Kit
The Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 Resource Tool Kit adds functionality and flexibility for remote administration and configuration of an MIIS 2003 server. Use these tools to parse input files, view management agent configurations, run management agents in batch mode, search for domain and directory information, archive files, and monitor Windows Management Interface (WMI) statistics on the Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, hosting MIIS 2003 and SQL Server.
Remote Desktop Connection
Remote Desktop Connection makes it possible for a user to connect remotely to a machine that has Remote Desktop or Terminal Server enabled.
Remote Desktop Web Connection
The Remote Desktop Web Connection ActiveX control allows you to access your computer through Remote Desktop, via the Internet, from another computer using Internet Explorer.
Server Performance Advisor
This tool was developed to diagnose root causes of performance problems in Windows Server 2003, particularly for IIS 6.0 and Active Directory.
Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit 3.0
The Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit 3.0 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 contains the tools and documentation you need to design, deploy, and support applications on these platforms.
Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack
The Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (Adminpak.msi) provides server management tools that allow administrators to remotely manage Windows 2000 Servers and Windows Server 2003 family servers. This is the final version (build 3790) of the Adminpak.msi file.
Windows Rights Management Services Client and Server SDKs
Get the tools, documentation, and sample code you need to get started building end-to-end solutions to fit your organization's or customer's information protection needs.
I hope this helps to get you started!
I hope this helps to get you started!