Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Writing errors in Windows Server application and system event logs for testing

I’ve been assisting clients recently with setting up monitoring on various servers and realized that I haven’t written a post about how to write errors in Windows Server application and system event logs so this post serves to be one that I can reference to in the future when I need to go through this exercise again.

The command supplied within the Windows operating system to create in the event logs is:

eventcreate

More information about this command can be found here:

Eventcreate - TechNet – Microsoft
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490899.aspx

How to create custom events
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324145

To quickly write a test error in the application and system event logs of a server, execute the following:

eventcreate /id 999 /t error /l application /d "Test error event in application logs."

eventcreate /l System /id 900 /so Private /d "Test error event in system logs." /t error

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Navigating into the application logs will show reveal that an error event with the ID 999 has been created:

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Navigating into the system logs will show reveal that an error event with the ID 999 has been created:

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