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Tech Tip: Filter event logs/Test backup methods

Windows 2000 Professional: Filter event logs

Although events pile up in a server's event logs faster than they do on a workstation, even workstation logs can become quite large over time. This is particularly true if you audit object access for security reasons.

You can sort events in the Event Viewer by clicking a column header. For example, click the Source column to sort events by source, or click Event to sort them by event ID. You can filter a log to reduce the amount of extraneous clutter you see when you view the log. For example, you might want to filter events from a particular source and/or event ID so the log displays only those events and hides all others.

To filter the event log, follow these steps:

  1. Open Event Viewer, right-click the log in the left pane, and choose Properties.
  2. On the Filter tab, select the types of events you want to include from the Event Types group, and select other criteria such as Event Source, Event ID, Category, and dates.
  3. Click OK to display the filtered log view.

To restore the full view, go to the Filter tab, and click Restore Defaults.

Windows 2000 Server: Test backup methods

A good backup plan is just like insurance: You hope you never need it, but you're thankful to have it when you do need it. Whether you're backing up one server or several, a well-conceived and well-functioning backup scheme could mean the difference between business as usual or going out of business.

Many backup solutions and methods are available, so you shouldn't have any problems finding one that suits your needs. Whatever backup scheme you implement, however, don't take it for granted that your automated backup processes will always work or that your backups are recoverable.

Regularly test each backup to verify that the backup actually occurred and that you can recover the files from the backup set. A backup doesn't do you any good if the tape or tape drive is damaged and you can't restore the information to disk.

Review your backup methods to determine potential failure points. For each automated backup, assign an individual to monitor its successful completion. After each backup, perform a test restore to an auxiliary hard drive to verify that you can indeed restore the data from the backup set. At the very least, restore a selection of files from the set.

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