Be Proactive in Event Log Monitoring
TNT’s Event Log Monitor offers consolidated log
entry viewing, plus numerous notification methods.
- By Michael Feuda
How many times have you found yourself poring
through the Event Viewer, only to feel as if you’re
searching for a needle in a haystack? Or, maybe
you’re trying to track down a series of events
for troubleshooting purposes. Most likely, you’re
being reactive, not proactive, to a problem. That’s
where the true value of TNT Software’s Event Log
Shortly after installing Event Log Monitor,
my normally quiet Windows 2000 Server started
barking at me. Event Log Monitor was sending out
audible alerts related to Error-type events occurring
on my server. The package offers other notification
methods as well, including pager notice, e-mail
and SNMP trap generation, and posting of alerts
to a Web page. You can even let Event Log Monitor
automate the work for you to restart a halted
process or run a batch file. Now that’s real network
When using Event Log Monitor, the biggest difference
you’ll immediately see is that the standard Application,
Security and System Logs, which are viewed separately
with the Win2K Event Viewer, are now consolidated
into a single pane. This pane can be changed in
a number of ways, from using hotkeys to quickly
accessing standard event log events (Error, Warning
and so on). You can even create your own pane
view to include or exclude just about any event
Being able to create filters efficiently is one
of my favorite Event Log Monitor features. With
a few mouse clicks, you produce meaningful and
powerful filters from a series of option boxes.
In fact, there are so many options for making
filters that a “filter wizard” would really be
handy. Perhaps in a future release? And after
you’ve created a filter, you can easily assign
a notification method along with that filter to
stay on top of a particular event. In the past,
I’ve had to use a combination of scripts and resource
kit utilities to achieve the same effect.
|Event Log Monitor allows you
to choose from a variety of notification methods
for mission-critical events.
Aside from being an Event Viewer on steroids,
Event Log Monitor provides you a single launch
point for daily administrative tools. You can
start the Registry Editor, Server and User Managers,
Performance Monitor, and a host of other everyday
tools. This launch point can easily be customized
to add other tools.
Event Log Monitor also incorporates a free Remote
Viewer add-on, which runs on Windows 2000, NT,
ME, 9x and CE. Event Log Monitor Enterprise Edition
provides additional features for monitoring Win2K
Cluster Servers and storing collected event information
in a SQL Server 7.0 database.
Event Log Monitor could become your most important
administration tool for servers. From a single
pane, you can create a variety of alerts, monitor
critical events with customized filters, and launch
administration tools. Event Log Monitor helps
you, as a network administrator, be proactive.
Michael Feuda, MCSE, NNCDS, is an independent writer. He has worked
with Microsoft products since the days of LAN Manager.