IIS Log Location Made Easy

2008-08-12 11:00:10

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Features of the Latest IIS 7.0

IIS stands for Internet Information Services, the second largest web server using Microsoft. Its program was first released as part of the Windows NT 3.51 operating system during the late 1990s. Later versions were bundled into the newer Windows versions or can be offered as upgrades. The latest version, IIS 7.0, is for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Unlike its predecessors, the two latest IIS versions do not limit the number of allowed connections. IIS versions 6.0 and 7.0 are also resistant to dangerous viruses unlike past versions.

IIS 7.0 has a modular structure with a core web server engine which enables selection of different functionalities like security, content, caching, and logging.

IIS 7.0's architecture is also more reliable. If a web application fails, you can continue to stay connected and to access other applications. IIS can detect which application has failed and will attempt to restart it.

One of the best features of IIS is its ability to continue serving different user requests while the server is undergoing updates or other maintenance activities.

IIS Logs

Like many software programs, IIS maintains chronological logs of users' activities in the network. The IIS log contains significant information such as the IP addresses accessed by the users, the date, time, number of bytes, network server location, and more.

As a system administrator, you can store up these IIS logs into one single large file, or categorize the logs by their nature. Hence, you can create an access log, error log, or referer log. Server logs are accessible only to you and not your network's users.

IIS logs are quite useful for locating and identifying the nature of network problems for easy troubleshooting. The log also shows network traffic and which applications are taking up much space. You will also see what sites are being accessed by the network users. The log's information will help you form decisions about what sites or applications you should restrict in order to save on bandwidth.

IIS Log Location

IIS log location is easy. If you already have a network server and are using the latest Microsoft operating system, you can access IIS through your main computer.

You can find your IIS log by going to the control panel and clicking administrative tools. Under administrative tools, click internet services manager. This will bring up various names of server locations. Right-click on the default web site tab and select properties. In the dialog box that appears, you tick a box to enable logging.

Click on the properties button and this brings you to another dialog box where you have your IIS log location. Here you can indicate whether you want logs listed by time, date or file size. You are now ready to view your logs anytime.

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