Viewing Individual Logs and Events

When you select in the console tree a log or a custom view, the details pane shows a single line for each event. By default, five columns of information—each known as an event property—are shown:

Level Each event is classified as one of three severity levels: Information, Warning, and Error

Date And Time The Windows Event Log service records the date and time each event occurred in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), and Event Viewer translates those time values into dates and times appropriate for your own time zone .

Source The Source column reports the application or WIndows feature that generated an event.

Event ID Every event is identified by a numerical value. This number is associated with a text description that appears when you view an event's properties. No universal coding system is in use here—each event source's designer simply decides what numbers to use and records those numbers in a file—and there's no requirement that each event source use a unique set of numbers .

• Task Category Some event sources use categories to distinguish different types of events they might report. Many sources do not.

To view additional event properties, open the View menu and click Add/Remove Columns .

Figure 23-10 Under Summary Of Administrative Events, click a plus sign to expand a category of events of a certain type .

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