|DRV150: Windows Internals Essentials for Device Driver Developers|
A guided tour of the internal design and implementation of the current Windows operating systems, with particular emphasis on those aspects that are important to driver developers.
Device driver developers
In this seminar you will learn the “internals” of the most important areas of the Windows operating system as they apply to device driver development. Many aspects of the system, such as IRQLs, spinlocks, and executive resources -- described only briefly in our other short-form "Windows Internals" seminars -- are covered here in complete detail. On the other hand, some internals topics, such as the complete details of thread scheduling, are left for the attendees' later research. This permits us to give appropriate time to the topics of most interest to driver writers.
Tools and terminology
System architecture overview
Program execution environment
Kernel mode components
Environment subsystems and user-to-kernel call implementation
Object manager and security
Kernel mode interfaces to object manager
Operating system execution contexts and environment
IRQLs and spinlocks
Other serialization mechanisms
Using system threads
Scheduling and waiting; multiprocessor issues
Virtual memory implementation and physical memory management
Basic I/O driver call path
Experience using or administering Windows operating systems, and familiarity with device driver concepts
Windows 7, Server 2008, Vista, Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Duration and formats
1 day lecture only
This seminar is intended as a "short course" and as such is not offered with labs. We do perform frequent demonstrations that illustrate the principles discussed. Please see INT201, Windows Internals if you are interested in a longer seminar that includes hands-on labs.