Tag Archives: system log

Exporting event logs with Windows PowerShell

Do you need to automate error reporting based on recent events and don’t want to use third-party tools? This article describes how to collect events from different sources and unite them in one document using standard Windows instruments only. Recently I described how to export events into Excel format using our Event Log Explorer software. However, in some cases, using third-party software can be impossible.… Read More »

Case study – generating regular reports about the problems in your Windows network

Recently one of our clients asked us about the best way to organize a passive monitoring of their servers. The client told us that they don’t need to monitor the servers actively, but they want to have weekly reports about the problems. They tried to gather events using Windows PowerShell and export them to CSV format (to view events in Excel), but finally they gave… Read More »

Troubleshooting knowledge base

Some of us have dealt with the frustration of dealing with a problem we know we’ve experienced before, but didn’t register it properly. The outcome? We do it all over again, and basically, waste time and past effort. A good record of an analysis and key events can save a lot of time. Most of the internal knowledge bases used by companies, small and large,… Read More »

Troubleshooting philosophy – Windows event log error analysis

There are different circumstances that lead to an event log analysis. One of the most common is the reactive Windows error log search, “reactive” because it is done in reaction to a problem, “error log” because what we are looking for error events that will help us identify the origin of the problem. When searching the error log entries (error events in Application and System logs), it… Read More »