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Event Log Page

The Windows Event Log is where application or operating system information is written and can be accessed by system administrators. Spotlight on Windows allows you to analyze event data from your Windows system's various logs, and to display the relevant data in the Event Log drilldown.

Note: If the content of this page is disabled then Event Logs are disabled. You can enable them. For more information, see Windows Event Log Metrics.

To open the Event Log page

  1. Select the Spotlight on Windows connection in the Spotlight Browser.
  2. Click Event Log.

Page Control Description
Event Log

Select an event log to show in the Event Grid. Depending on the monitored system, the logs to select from may include:

  • Any — Combine all event logs.
  • Application log — General application events and some system service messages.
  • Directory Service log — Directory service events (only for Windows domain controllers).
  • DNS Server log — DNS server events (only for Windows DNS servers).
  • File Replication Service log — File replication service events (only for Windows domain controllers).
  • Security log — Operating system audit events. Logged according to the audit settings that have been configured on the system.
  • System log — Operating System and most system service messages.
Event Grid A display of the selected event log.
Total The number of entries in the selected log.
Days The period of time for which the oldest entries in the log have been kept.

About the Event Grid

Notes:

  • Not all of these columns will be visible by default. To view hidden columns, right-click the grid heading and choose Organize Columns... from the shortcut menu.
  • Click an event to display the Event Log Details page.
  • Right click the body of the grid and select Event Log Options to configure the Event Log. You can filter, alarm or expand the list of Event Log items. For more information, see Windows Event Log Metrics..
Column Description

Date/Time

The time when the entry was entered into the Windows event log, not when it was brought into Spotlight on Windows.

Event ID

A code that identifies the event.

Message

A description of the event.

Source

The software that logged the event.

Type

The type of event:

  • Warning — There is something out of the ordinary but not an outright failure.
  • Error — Something has failed.
  • Information — General information on what is happening on the system.
  • Security — There are numerous security based message types. These come from the security log and the system auditing that has been configured on the system.

Category

The category of the event. This is used in auditing, and is primarily used by the security log.

Log

Where the error message was generated:

  • Application log — General application events and some system service messages.
  • Directory Service log — Directory service events (only for Windows domain controllers).
  • DNS Server log — DNS server events (only for Windows DNS servers).
  • File Replication Service log — File replication service events (only for Windows domain controllers).
  • Security log — Operating system audit events. Logged according to the audit settings that have been configured on the system.
  • System log — Operating System and most system service messages.

Note: The Directory Service and File Replication Service event logs are available only for Windows domain controllers. The DNS Server event log is available only for DNS servers.

Severity

Shows information on alarms associated with the event log item. This is assigned by the Spotlight on Windows event log rules (available through the Windows Event Log Metrics in Spotlight on Windows Options).

Clear

Select to acknowledge the event and return its status to Normal.

Computer

The name of the machine where the event occurred.

User

The user account which instigated the event log item. This is particularly pertinent to security items.

 

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