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Monitoring the Windows Server Event Log

Learn how to monitor the Windows Server Event Log and share only filtered events to end users

This page describes what's being monitored for the Event Log Category in Nodinite, using one ore more role-based Monitor Views. Nodinite monitors the state, based on user-defined thresholds, either global or specific. For managing the Event Log, remote commands are available as Actions. These help you swiftly manage reported problems. The implemented Remote Actions are further detailed on this page.

Event Log items As Resources
Example with a list of monitored 'Event Log configurations' as resources in a Monitor View

Monitoring Features

  • You must manually manage your Event Log configurations to monitor. Sharing insights is very easy from within Nodinite using Monitor Views.
  • State Evaluation - Based on user-defined settings
  • Category based monitoring - To help you sort out the different type of resources, the monitored Resources are grouped by Categories

State evaluation for Event Log based monitoring

The monitored Event Log configurations are displayed within Nodinite as Resources. For example, if you have 2 Windows Server configurations with 2 and 3 Event Log-configurations, then you will have 5 'Event Log' resources in Nodinite in total.

  • The name of the Resources are the same as the name for the Event Log-configuration

  • The 'Event Log' resource belongs to the following Category:

    Category Description
    Event Log Make sure the Event Logs does not contain any events matching the user-defined settings

    Categories
    List of the Event Log related category as a filter in a Monitor View

  • The Application name is the Display Name from the configuration of the monitored Windows Server:
    ApplicationPathExample

Each item (represented in Nodinite as a Resource) and is evaluated with a state. (OK, Warning, Error, Unavailable).

The evaluated state may be reconfigured using Expected State override setting that exists on every Resource within Nodinite.

Note: Depending on the user-defined synchronization interval set for the Windows Server Monitoring Agent, there might be a delay before Nodinite Web Client/Monitor Views reflects upon the change. Click on the Sync All button (or on the dropdown for individual agent selection) to force Nodinite to issue a resynchronization request.

Sync
Option to force Nodinite to issue a resynchronization request with the monitoring agent


Monitoring Event Log

For the Event Log category, the monitored state is evaluated as described in the table below:

State Status Description Actions
Unavailable Service not available
  • If the server can't be reached and evaluated either due to Network or security-related problems
  • Bad configuration (invalid/non existing Source/Provider/...)
Review prerequisites
Error Error state raised The 'Event Log' contains one or more matching events Clear
List Events
Warning Warning state raised Not implemented -
OK Online The 'Event Log' contains exactly 0 matching events Clear
List Events

Actions for Event Log

The following Remote Actions are implemented for the Event Log Category:

Actions

Clear

You can have old events removed by applying a filter on old events. The time for this filter is the point in time when you either click on the Clear action, or by manually editing the value in the global configuration. For selected Event Log resource, simply click on the Action button and then click on the Clear menu item within the 'Control Center' section.

Clear Menu Action
Filter old Log Events, using the 'Clear' action

You will then be prompted to confirm the intent to proceed with the operation:
Clear intent modal
Example of the 'Clear' prompt

Next, a modal will be presented with the result of the operation:
Clear Success
Example of successful clear operation

List Events

You can view details for the selected Event Log resource, simply click on the Action button and then click on the List Events menu item within the 'Control Center' section.

List Events Menu Action
Open filtered Log Events modal, using the 'List Events' action

Next, the modal from the operation will be presented with a list of filtered Log Events according to the settings.

List Events modal
Example of the 'List Events' modal

You can expand any single entry by clicking on the small arrow button:
Details for Log Event

The recorded Log Event entry can also be viewed as XML, click on the View as XML tab:
View as XML
Logged event as XML

In the bottom of the page the Settings for this Event Log configuration can be reviewed (read-only): Details
Example of settings for this Event Log configuration


Next Step

Add or manage Monitor View

Windows Server Monitoring Agent
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Monitoring
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