Storport Event Log Extensions

Like many other types of drivers, Storport miniport drivers must create entries in the system event log to keep administrators informed of the condition of attached storage devices. These event log entries are often created in response to device-related failures. Events can also be logged for telemetry, debugging, and optimization.

Although the Windows kernel itself provides a flexible interface for creating event log entries, the Storport miniport model does not allow miniport drivers to access that interface directly. Instead, Storport provides a wrapper around the kernel's system event log facility, and miniport drivers use the wrapper to create event log entries.

Specifically, Storport provides the following event log routines:

Storport logs events under the "Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Storport" provider name. Errors are logged in the Operational channel, and debug/analytics are logged in Diagnose (Analytic and Debug). When using the Event Viewer application, you must first enable the Diagnose channel to view it (to enable, click on View->Show Analytic and Debug Logs).

The above functions are implemented as Storport extended functions and are available to miniport drivers using the existing extended function interface. Use of the extended function interface avoids a direct dynamic link reference to the new function. By avoiding that direct reference, miniport drivers that use the new function load properly on operating systems that do not support the function, with the function returning STOR_STATUS_NOT_IMPLEMENTED when not supported. In this way, vendors can create a single miniport driver that runs on multiple OS releases, taking advantage of the new event logging function where it is supported.

Note: In versions of Storport prior to Windows 7, Storport's system event log interface, StorPortLogError, gave miniport drivers access to a small fraction of the capabilities of the kernel's system event log facility, which impacts the usefulness of miniport event log entries.

For general information about Windows events, see Windows Events.