Written by Microsoft's Log Parser developer, this is the first book available on Microsoft's popular yet undocumented log parser tool. The book and accompanying Web site contain hundreds of customized, working scripts and templates that system administrators will find invaluable for analyzing the log files from Windows Server, Snort IDS, ISA Server, IIS Server, Exchange Server, and other products.
System administrators running Windows, Unix, and Linux networks manage anywhere from 1 to thousands of operating systems (Windows, Unix, etc.), Applications (Exchange, Snort, IIS, etc.), and hardware devices (firewalls, routers, etc.) that generate incredibly long and detailed log files of all activity on the particular application or device. This book will teach administrators how to use Microsoft's Log Parser to data mine all of the information available within these countless logs. The book teaches readers how all queries within Log Parser work (for example: a Log Parser query to an Exchange log may provide information on the origin of spam, viruses, etc.). Also, Log Parser is completely scriptable and customizable so the book will provide the reader with hundreds of original, working scripts that will automate these tasks and provide formatted charts and reports detailing the results of the queries.
- Written by Microsoft's sole developer of Log Parser, this is the first book available on the powerful yet completely undocumented product that ships with Microsoft's IIS, Windows Advanced Server 2003, and is available as a free download from the Microsoft Web site
- This book and accompanying scripts will save system administrators countless hours by scripting and automating the most common to the most complex log analysis tasks
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Table of Contents
Parsing Logfile Data ; Assuring IIS Performance and Stability ; Tracking Down Intruders ; Getting the Most from Exchange Server Logs ; Finding Knowledge in the Windows EventLog ; Tracking ISA Server Logs ; Enhancing Log Parser with Custom Input Processors ; Formatting, Reporting, and Charting ; The Log Parser Security Audit ; Keeping an Eye on Critical Servers ; Working with Tricky Data ; Converting, Rotating, and Archiving Logs ; Log Parser: The All-Purpose Hacker's Tool ; Studying Firewall, IDS, and Router Logs ; Appendix A: Log Parser SQL Grammar Reference ; Appendix B: Log Parser Function Reference ; Appendix C: Log Parser Input Format Reference ; Appendix D: Log Parser Output Format Reference
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Log Parser 2.2 is the lastest version of Microsoft's FREE ( I know, I can't believe it either!) tool for extracting useful information from log files, text files, Active directory, registries, spreadsheets, syslogs, you name it. This program is one of those things that keep making you wonder why everyone isn't using it. Albeit a little cryptic for the beginner, this book provides some invaluable examples and idea's to beat every server and network device you have into submission. Simply paging through this book and looking at the section headings has given me so many ideas that I designed a custom solution to monitor and manage every system on my ASP's network. In addition, the forum and web site information are first rate, and timely responses are par for the course. Gabriele has molded this program from the red-headed-step-child of Microsoft, into something they should be proud of! I have been a network engineer for almost 10 years, and this program is the first thing that has excited me since I cheated on my wife! From my workstation, I can get almost any kind of information, from any server, into any format using a few short command line statments. Just read the back cover and you'll see what I mean. Thanks Gabriele, your book got me a raise, and some extra time to play video games! (HINT: intergrate with Sharepoint services, and you'll be managments hero!)
This is a complete reference for utilizing the Microsoft® Log Parser Tool in real world scenarios. The authors do an outstanding job of bringing you from the basics of Log Parser through advanced techniques and tricks. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it end to end, and have begun utilizing Log Parser in my daily log assessment routines. The Tips, Swiss Army Knifes, and Master Craftsmen sidebars prove extremely creative and helpful.
Log Parser by it self is a wonderful tool, this book lets you get up and running with it in no time. Additionally it gives a great insight on logs. This book is essential for any admin that wants to keep with ¿the going on¿ on his network without running agents everywhere. Log Parser toolkit lets you make logs readable (what a novel concept) without the need for heavy programming, all the scripts are included and really easy to customize. If you keep any type of log this will make your life easier and can save you major head hakes. My only recommendation is when you get one for your self, don¿t forget to get one for your IIS admin and your security guy, or be ready to share it. Enjoy it¿