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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Fresh update on this tool from Citrix - to be used with care!! Very handy if you have major issues on blades and you can't use the Left and Right Control Keys

DescriptionThe CtxBOSD GUI utility can force a server to generate a memory dump from the session or when a keyboard is not available or non-standard (fatal error).

Whether the complete memory or a kernel memory dump is saved depends on the Control Panel settings.


1. A customer can type a message/text (or copy it from clipboard) before forcing a memory dump. This message is saved in a dump and a support engineer can read it after loading the dump in WinDbg.exe. This is implemented to encourage writing the symptoms and conditions explaining why the dump has to be forced.

2. The tool can stay on top of any windows (if you need this to quickly dump the server after a reproduction or during the process of an activity).

3. It is supplied with Program Database (PDB) symbols for the driver (32-bit and 64-bit) which is useful when you want to have all symbols present on the bug check thread.

4. The bug check clearly shows that the dump is manually generated.

5. The tool can force a memory dump on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

6. Before forcing a blue screen on a server, the tool warns about potential damaging consequences: Users are disconnected and all the data which is not saved will be lost. It asks for a confirmation.

7. A customer can specify a period of time (in minutes) when to force a memory dump.

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006 10:49 AM Citrix , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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