Determining Special Pool Tagging Options When Debugging

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NOTE: This article assumes that you are familiar with the information in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article regarding the Windows NT Special Pool feature:
188831 How to Use the Special Pool Feature to Isolate Pool Damage
When you are using the Special Pool tagging features of Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 and later, you can verify the configuration of the registry options by using a Memory.dmp file or a live debug.

You can check the various Special Pool options by using several of the global variables available. The ability to verify the settings can be useful when you are working with computers that require that Special Pool be used.

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The Windows NT global variable for the PoolTag registry value is MmSpecialPoolTag:
dd nt!MmSpecialPoolTag
0x00000000 = No tag specified; Pool Tagging is basically disabled. (Default value)
0x0000002a = Most typically used; used to look at all tags. This is the ASCII representation of the asterisk wildcard.
The Windows NT global variable for the PoolTagOverruns registry value is MmSpecialPoolCatchOverruns:
dd nt!MmSpecialPoolCatchOverruns
0x00000000 = Underruns
0x00000001 = Overruns (Default value)
The Windows NT global variable for the EnableKStackPool registry value is MmEnableKStackPool.

This option is available only with Windows NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information about this option, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
188831 How to Enable the Special Pool Feature to Isolate Pool Damage
dd nt!MmEnableKStackPool
0x00000000 = KStack pool disabled.
0x00000001 = KStack pool always enabled.
0x00000002 = KStack pool enabled for >= 256 MB computers.
The Windows NT global variable MiSpecialPoolEnabled is hard coded to be enabled.
LOGICAL MiSpecialPoolEnabled = TRUE;

dd nt!MiSpecialPoolEnabled
0x00000000 = Disabled
0x00000001 = Enabled (Default value)

REFERENCES

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
148658 How to Load Windows NT Memory.dmp File Using I386kd.exe

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Article ID: 250453 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 5
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a
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