Event Log Explorer features and benefits
Event Log Explorer is a customer-driven software. Most of the
advanced features were suggested by our users. With these features Event Log
Explorer makes a step from ordinary event data viewing to its real analysis.
Access Windows event logs and event log files on local and
remote servers and workstations
Like Windows Event Viewer, Event Log Explorer accesses Windows event
logs and event log files from both local and remote servers. However unlike
Event Viewer, you can view several event logs (and log files) at one time — in
different windows or even in one consolidated window (merged event log view).
Support of both classic Windows NT event log format (EVT
files) and new (Crimson) event log format (EVTX files)
When possible you can choose between legacy Windows NT API
and modern Windows Event Log API to access Windows event logs and event log files.
Modern API works a little slowly, but provides more detailed information about
High performance — all events are loaded either into
memory or into an optimized internal local database
To perform smooth event analysis, Event Log Explorer reads
events into its own temporary storage. Depending on event log size, you can
choose between memory and disk storage.
Event log consolidation — you can consolidate different
events in one place
Event Log Explorer allows you not only to read events from
different sources, but to consolidate them in one event view. You can review
such a view as a solid log. You can even save this consolidated event log as an
Tabbed-document and multiple-document user interface
depending on user preferences
Event Log Explorer provides you with 2 user interface types.
Multiple-document interface (MDI) allows you to open unlimited number of event
logs and place them all inside the main window of Event Log Explorer.
Tabbed-document interface (TDI) allows you to open unlimited number of event
logs and features the best way of navigation between logs.
Log loading options to pre-filter Windows event logs
With Event Log Explorer you may load events from dozens of
Windows servers simultaneously. As a rule, you don't need to load all the events
from all logs. E.g. you may want to exclude Information events or load only
recent events. Log loading options help you to pre-filter events at loading
Advanced filtering by any criteria including event
You can easily filter events by any criteria. The filters are
reusable - you can save them as a file and apply to other event logs. You can
use regular expressions (Regexps) to filter by event description text. The
application lets you link events by event ID and description parameters and
filter out all other events. Such linked event filtering helps you to analyze
Favorite computers and their logs are grouped into a tree
With Event Log Explorer you can view event logs on different
Windows servers and workstations. For your convenience, you can group your
computers in a tree. Then you can select the desired event log and it will be
Manual and automatic backup of Windows event logs
Backing up event logs is a really important task.
Very large event logs may affect system performance, but administrators must be
able to analyze past events. The appropriate solution is to limit the size of
Windows event logs, and backup event logs on regular basis. Event Log Explorer allows
you to save event logs as event log files manually or automatically.
Fast navigation with bookmarks
Modern Internet browsers allow you to save favorite URLs as
bookmarks that can be easily restored. Similarly Event Log Explorer allows you
to mark any events as bookmarked and then you can easily return to these events.
Compatibility with well-known event knowledge bases
You can get more information about event in the public event
knowledge bases. Event Log Explorer supports EventID.net and Microsoft
Color coding by Event ID
Color coding allows you to easily distinguish between
different events. You can change text color, font style and background color for
Print and export to different formats
With Event Log Explorer you can print Windows event logs and export
to other formats. Print options let you select from several print styles.
Event Log Explorer supports export to HTML, tab-separated
and Excel documents.
Analytical reports - summary tables and pivot charts
You can easily create pivot tables and pivot chart reports
from your events. E.g. you can summarize event types by date or get statistics
by event identifier, event source, and so on.
Direct access to EVT files allowing you to read damaged
EVT files and generate EVT files from chosen events
Event Log Explorer can access EVT files directly (without
Windows Event Log API). This allows you to read damaged event logs, read event logs when
Windows Event Log service is not available (e.g. in BartPE or other preinstalled
environment). You can also generate your own EVT files.
Direct access to EVTX files allowing you to read new
EVTX files on old Windows
Event Log Explorer can access EVTX files directly (without
new Windows Event Log API). This allows you to open new event log files (EVTX) on any
computer, i.e. with Event Log Explorer you can read EVTX files on Windows XP machines
Scheduler to run some event log tasks on schedule
You can automate some tasks using built-in scheduler. E.g.
you can schedule event log export or print tasks.
When you are opening an event log from a remote server, Event
Log Explorer is trying to use your current credentials to access it. Sometimes
you may need to access remote event logs using alternative credentials.
Credential manager lets you store different credentials for each server and use
them when you are trying to open remote Windows event log.
Event list can be sorted by any column and in any
Like Windows Event Viewer, the program lets you sort event
list by any column - just click on the column header, and event list will be
re-sorted immediately. If you click on the column twice - the event list will be
resorted in the backward direction. In the program preferences, you can set the
default sorting which will be applied when you opening a log.
Event time is stored as UTC time. When you open a log
generated on a server located in another time zone, you may want to virtually
move to that time zone and view events from there. Time correction helps you to
view event from any time zone.
If you manage a large network, you will find how easy you can
import all your servers to the program. Just create a list of your servers and
the program will import them all. You can also ask Event Log Explorer to scan
your network (Active Directory) and build the list of your computers
Extra features of Enterprise Edition
Event Log Explorer collects events from servers and workstations and exports
them into MS SQL Server database. Using your own collection rules, you can create
as many database tables as you want.
Filter only required events
Using your own collection rules, you can choose what events and from which
machines should be collected. Filtering events saves your network traffic and
Alert on certain events
You can setup Event Log Explorer to monitor events generated
by your systems and to notify you when a specific event has fired. This helps
you to get informed about problems promptly and potentially before they affect
Event Log Explorer comes with a set of command-line utilities to export events
to different formats such as SQL Server database, Excel books, PDF files, HTML, and others.
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