Chapter 12. Event logs

The Windows event logs are one of the first places you should look for clues when your systems or applications are not behaving in the way you expect them to behave. In the old days of Windows Server 2003 there were only a few event logs you had to check, with the System, Application, and Security logs being the main ones. Then beginning with Windows Server 2008 the number of different event logs and types of logs jumped into the hundreds, and although you can filter and search these logs using Event Viewer and Windows PowerShell, many longtime server admins still often feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information in Windows Server logs and wonder how to discover and identify what might be relevant for the particular ...

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