Windows® Vista Event viewer
Why should you know about Windows Vista Event Viewer?
Windows Vista Event Viewer is made out of a rewritten event tracing and logging architecture. It has been rewritten so that it would use a structured XML log-format and to have a certain log type to allow applications to be able to log events with more precision and to make it easier and more convenient for support IT staff and developers to analyze the events. The XML representation can be looked under 'Details' tab in an event’s properties. We’ll discuss here in three points about Windows Vista Event Viewer.
- Role of Windows Vista Event Viewer
- Usability of Windows Vista Event Viewer
- Function of Windows Vista Event Viewer
Role of Windows Vista Event Viewer
The basic role of Windows Vista Event Viewer is to help system administrators and other technical staff to be able to follow what’s going on without missing important details. It can speed up process of finding a bug or potential sign that someone tried to hack in. Also various applications and operating system components are using this centralized log service to send report about events that happened, like certain component failing to start or to complete its action.
Usability of Windows Vista Event Viewer
Its usefulness lies in the fact that it enables better analysis of certain events that happen. In case, that the event in question caused some serious damage or other similar problems it’s great advantage to be able to analyze what led to the happening and therefore to be able to know how to fix it and prevent it from happening again. It is mostly useful to people with technical background.
Event Viewer existed since 1993 for early Windows® Vista Event Viewer is made out of a rewritten event tracing and logging architecture systems. The new version for Windows Vista brings a lot of additions to original program. Now it is possible to view all potential events, the way they are structured, also you can view event publishers that are registered and their configuration with help of Wevtutil utility, all that even before events happen. There is also a large number of various types of event logs like Administrative, Operational, Analytical, and Debug. By choosing the Application Logs node in the Scope pane it will expose numerous new sub categorized event logs, and many of those will be named as diagnostic logs. Analytic and Debug events are directly saved into a trace file because they are high frequency and because Admin and Operational events aren’t high frequency enough to allow additional processing without causing system performance to be affected and therefore they are delivered to the Event Log service. Now events are published asynchronously in order to decrease the performance impact on the event publishing application. Also event attributes are much more detailed and they show EventID, Level, Task, Opcode, and Keywords properties.