Whenever there is an issue in your Windows® environment, one of the places we troubleshoot issues is by looking at Windows event logs. Unfortunately, issues are prone to arise and they get logged whether it’s caused by an internal event or an external event. On the bright side, today, you have server monitoring software that allows you to browse through all the events in your event logs, as well as filter for specific events in a particular log.
It’s important to monitor Windows Event Logs because they indicate where the real issue lies. Here are a few examples of potential issues that get logged as events in your Windows environment.
- Application Exceptions: Application exceptions are logged into application logs in Windows. They occur when an alert or an issue is raised while running the applications.
- User Lockouts: When users have multiple incorrect password entries, they get locked out of their system. Both the password attempts and the lock-outs get logged as individual events.
- Failed Backups: This usually happens when the server has reached its maximum limit or if you don’t have folder rights to back up your information. All these get logged as events.
- Abruptly Failed Processes/Services: If a file is heavy to load and tedious to navigate, sometimes it just stops working because your system can’t handle the volume. This causes your systems to freeze.
Real-Time Event Log Viewer: Monitor Event Logs from One Place
Windows generates hundreds or even thousands of logs for one server in a day. It’s not practical to go over each server and check logs to determine what’s causing an application to fail over and over again. A busy sysadmin needs something that monitors event logs proactively but also looks at event logs in a more organized manner. A server monitoring software comes with a real-time event log viewer that gives sysadmins the flexibility to monitor any systems’ event logs remotely from any location. In addition, a real-time event log viewer gives sysadmins the following benefits:
- Let’s you choose the type of log files you want to monitor—security logs, system logs, etc. After selecting the log files, you can filter based on sources and look at logs by event log message, event log ID, severity of the event, date and time of event occurrence, the computer or user that generated the event, etc.
- Allows you to troubleshoot problems as they occur in your environment.
- Connects to the server and starts collecting Windows event logs from a specific host—both current and historical logs.
- Create custom monitors for events that have occurred periodically.
Finally, you have the added advantage of monitoring Windows event logs through a server monitoring software and not having to worry about using the event log viewer that comes with the Windows operating system. This is because the event viewer differs with the version of the Windows operating system that you’re using as it logs events based on the version of the operating system.