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Old 03-06-2013, 08:06 AM   #1
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Default Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adapter (W8 device)?

If you have Windows 8, do you have this in your device manager?

Also in W8 / W7 is Kernel debugging enabled or disabled by default? A forum thread said to turn it off (bcdedit /debug off) but it sounds pretty important.

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:04 PM   #2
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It ovecomes the problems that can occur when trying to debug the kernel on the same machine that WinDbg is installed upon. It allows you (when the host is installed) to perform remote kernel debugging of another machine, or allows (when the client is installed) Microsoft tech support for example, to remotely debug the kernel on your machine. The device can be enabled or disabled from the commandline:

Enabled: bcdedit /debug on

Disabled: bcdedit /debug off

From MSDN:

Windows Remote Debugging Tool

With Windows Remote Debugging (WRD) client, developers from Microsoft and third-party companies can collaborate to debug kernel-mode failures using the Kernel Debugger (KD). By using WRD, you can host a KD session from your location that Microsoft or any other authorized company can join remotely over the internet to help you debug kernel-mode issues.

To use WRD, you will need to be a registered partner on the Hardware Development Dashboard.

To learn more about how to sign up and use this tool:

Prepare for Remote Debugging

Download the Remote Debugging Client

Supported Ethernet NICs for Network Kernel Debugging in Windows 8

From Dell TechCenter:

In the Previous editions of Microsoft® Windows Operating Systems Kernel Debugging was performed through Serial Cable, USB and 1394(Firewire). In these methods we had several challenges like serial connectivity being slow; USB requiring special hardware which may not be cost effective and 1394 port being rarely available on all the servers. These challenges can be overcome by Kernel Debugging over network.

Kernel Debugging Over Network in Windows Server 2012

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