How to analyze Dr. Watson File Dump
Posted on 2003-03-25
We have serveral NT Servers (Service Pack 4) that are dedicated to running thousands of PeopleSoft nVision reports. The reports are generated in Excel. Occasionally we will get Dr. Watson errors on the servers. When a Dr. Watson error occurs these reports do not continue to generate which interfers with our batch schedule. We do not want to disable Dr. Watson and have a very slow change process. So upgrading to Service pack 6 won't happen for a long time.
My question is: How can I analyze the drwtsn32.log files? I want to be able to debug the problem. I have Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 and VS.NET on my XP desktop. I did a search for "windbg" and didn't find it on my XP machine. Can I take the log files off of the NT machines and analyze them with one of the tool provide with Visual Studio? Installing anything on the NT boxes will be painful due to the slow change process. A typical drwtsn32.log error example is:
Application exception occurred:
App: excel.dbg (pid=389)
When: 3/25/2003 @ 4:42:11.546
Exception number: c0000005 (access violation)