Windows event log viewer is a component of MS Windows OS versions NT, 2000 and XP, which allows users to view event logs of a local system or a remote computer. Applications running on a Windows system along with the components of the operating system log their events that can be accessed with the help of event viewer. The next section will make the concept of event logs more clear.
Once the event viewer opens, you will find Application logs, Security logs and System logs displayed in a tree like structure from where you can select any event log type and view event details. The Event Properties dialog box shows a detailed message about the cause of error, warning or any other event status.
Why manage event logs?
Now, you may wonder why it is so important to maintain and monitor event logs. This is because event logs give you a fair idea about the systems behavior or problems which occur while running the applications. Proper knowledge about events can help you in troubleshooting errors or possible failure issues.
Since event logs are an important source of information about the system based applications, it is also necessary to manage the logs properly. Event log management or ELM is therefore practiced in order to keep a tab on the changes reported through Windows event log viewer application.
What is event log management (ELM)?
Event log management has become a widely practiced phenomenon in organizations because it helps in IT audits, compliance audits as well as in keeping verifiable records of various events in a documented manner. Accurate logs thus enable in tracking the It infrastructure of an organizations with composite change management processes.
However, more often than not, the warning or error messages we find in the event logs are ambiguous or inconsistent. With lack of helpful information, the situation may turn frustrating for most users and administrators. Hence, not only is it vital to view event logs but also gain maximum useful information about the event type to take appropriate measures.
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