|As an ISA Server administrator, I'm sure you are quite aware of the need for service data. After all, good data helps you make wise configuration and performance management decisions. ISA Server helps you collect data in a number of different ways, and in this tutorial, we will focus on ISA Server log files, which can be an easy way to gather information about ISA Server performance and usage. Combined with reporting, log files can be highly effective.
ISA Server provides logging to a file for the Web Proxy Service, Firewall Service, and for packet filters. There are two kinds of text logging formats supported under ISA Server:
By default, all log files are stored in the ISALogs folder found in the Microsoft ISA Server folder. Log files are named in the following format:
When configuring log files, you also have the option to compress the log files and limit the number that are created for each service (7 by default). Compression helps reduce log file size, but only works if the log files are stored on NTFS volumes.
|Curt Simmons is the Author of 'Microsoft ISA Configuration and Administration '
Curt Simmons is also the Author of 'Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 Study Guide : Exam 70-227 ( Certification Study Guides)'
|Configuring log files is easy. You essentially decide what you want by selecting a few options. The following steps walk you through the process.
Curt Simmons, MCSE, MCT, CTT, is a technology author and trainer from Dallas. Visit Curt on the Internet at http://curtsimmons.hypermart.net.