Generate custom reports detailing event log activity
As a Windows systems administrator, it's often helpful to examine event logs on machines experiencing problems. But many times when I see an error event in the logs, I find myself wondering whether the same error is happening on other machines or how often the error is happening throughout my network. Trying to gather this information manually is extremely tedious and can take hours depending on the size of the network. That's why I wrote EventLogScanner.vbs—it quickly generates custom reports detailing the event log activity of Windows XP machines on a network.
When you execute the script, you're prompted to enter the following:
The script then uses the criteria you entered to scan each machine on your network. When finished, it generates a report in Microsoft Excel that displays the following for each machine on your network:
You can download EventLogScanner.vbs by clicking the Download the Code Here button near the top of the page. There are three things you need to do to make this event log scanner work in your environment:
With EventLogScanner.vbs, I can quickly identify errors occurring throughout our network as well as determine if a particular error is simply an anomaly or part of a larger problem that's affecting multiple hosts. It works as is on XP hosts, but you could easily modify it to work on other versions of Windows as well.