A Microsoft Windows NT administrative tool used to monitor events on a server.
Events are significant actions that take place on a server and include the following:
Event Viewer records events in three different logs:
The system and application logs should be monitored regularly for signs of problems with devices, services, or applications running on the server. When a problem occurs, Event Viewer is the first place you should check. If auditing is configured on the server, you can monitor the security log for signs of attempted unauthorized access (failure audits) or for an indication of resource usage (success audits).
Graphic E-7. Event Viewer.
In Windows 2000, Event Viewer is implemented as a snap-in for Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and appears as one of the administrative tools in Control Panel. The Windows 2000 Server version of Event Viewer includes additional logs such as the directory service log, the DNS server log, and the file replication service log. Windows 2000 Event Viewer is extensible, with additional logs present when new network services are installed on the machine.
Select View, and then select Filter Events to filter out unwanted events when the Event Viewer logs are large.