Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Scripting Guide

Record keeping is an important part of system administration. A record of the activities that have taken place on a computer can help you troubleshoot problems currently occurring on a computer; in addition, by searching for patterns and trends, you can often anticipate potential problems and take steps to ensure that those problems never arise. In the form of event logs and plain-text log files, Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating systems perform much of this record keeping for you. As a system administrator, your job is to routinely manage and analyze these log files, tasks that can be greatly facilitated through the use of the scripting technologies in the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 family of operating systems.

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Logs Overview

Managing Logs