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  1. Introduction
  2. Capabilities
  3. Structure
  4. The Registry
  5. System and Configuration Files
  6. Security
  7. Application Support
  8. Requirements
  9. Installation
  10. Unattended Installation
  11. Booting
  12. Filesystems
  13. Programs
  14. Control Panel
  15. Tool
  16. Commands
  17. Customization
  18. Environment Variables
  19. Printing
  20. Performance
  21. System Services
  22. Permissions
  23. Groups
  24. User Rights and Auditing
  25. User Profiles
  26. Policies
  27. Network Model
  28. Resource Access
  29. Network Browsing
  30. Protocol Support
  31. RAS
  32. Networking
  33. Backups
  34. Events
  35. Error Handling
  36. Diagnostic Tools
  37. Items to Memorize
  38. Terms
  39. Credits

Windows NT Events and Messages

The event view may be used to view system and audited events. To start the event viewer, select "Start", "Programs", "Administrative Tools", and "Event Viewer". Selecting "Log" and "Log Settings" on the menu will allow modification of how the log file is handled, including its maximum size and how soon recorded events are dropped when the log file reaches its maximum allowed size.

System Events and Error Types

System errors:

  • Information - A blue "i" represents this event. A significant event has occurred, but the event is not a critical event.
  • Warning - A Yellow exclamation point represents this event type. This is a caution indication a possible significant event which may or may not affect future operations.
  • Error - A red stop sign represents this event type. Indicates a problem that has caused a failure of service.

Security Log errors:

  • Success Audit - A Key symbol represents this event type. A successful audited security event occurred.
  • Failure Audit - A lock symbol represents this event type. A failed audited security event has occurred.