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  • Blog Post: FTP ETW Tracing and IIS 8 - Part 2

    Shortly after I published my FTP ETW Tracing and IIS 8 blog post, I was using the batch file from that blog to troubleshoot an issue that I was having with a custom FTP provider. One of the columns which I display in my results is Clock-Time , which is obviously a sequential timestamp that is used to...
  • Blog Post: FTP ETW Tracing and IIS 8

    In the past I have written a couple of blogs about using the FTP service's Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) features to troubleshoot issues; see FTP and ETW Tracing and Troubleshooting Custom FTP Providers with ETW for details. Those blog posts contain batch files which use the built-in Windows LogMan...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Log Parser Part 7 - Creating a Generic Input Format Plug-In

    In Part 6 of this series, I showed how to create a very basic COM-based input format provider for Log Parser. I wrote that blog post as a follow-up to an earlier blog post where I had written a more complex COM-based input format provider for Log Parser that worked with FTP RSCA events. My original blog...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Log Parser Part 6 - Creating a Simple Custom Input Format Plug-In

    In Part 4 of this series, I illustrated how to create a new COM-based input provider for Log Parser from a custom input format: Advanced Log Parser Charts Part 4 - Adding Custom Input Formats For the sample that I published in that blog, I wrote a plug-in that consumed FTP RSCA events, which is...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Log Parser Charts Part 5 - Creating a Generic Chart Color Script

    In Part 5 of this series, I'll show you how to create a generic script that you can use to add some color to your Log Parser charts. As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, the default colors for Log parser charts are really dull and boring. For example, if I parse one month's worth of log files from...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Log Parser Charts Part 4 - Adding Custom Input Formats

    In Part 4 of this series, I'll show you how you can do a couple of cool things: Create a new input format for Log Parser (and I'll use FTP RSCA data as an example) Create charts from your custom input format For the data source for my custom plug-in, I thought that it would be cool to...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Log Parser Charts Part 3 - Missing Office Web Components for Charting

    In Part 3 of this series, I'll explain what to do when you're missing the Office Web Components that are required for creating the charts that I have been demonstrating in this series. Here's a brief explanation of the symptoms: you try a simple query that will create a chart like the following example...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Log Parser Charts Part 2 - Using Gradient Colors for Area Charts

    In Part 2 of this series, I'll show you how to customize the area chart from Part 1 to show the chart area with a gradient. More specifically, there are three different chart gradient methods that we'll take a look at in this blog post: SetOneColorGradient SetTwoColorGradient SetPresetGradient...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Log Parser Charts Part 1 - Working With Configuration Scripts

    I recently had a situation where I wanted to customize the chart output from Log Parser, and after a bunch of research I eventually arrived at the conclusion that configuration scripts for create customized charts are probably the least-documented feature of Log Parser. After a lot of experimentation...
  • Blog Post: How to determine if FTP clients are using FTPS

    One of my colleagues here at Microsoft, Emmanuel Boersma , just reminded me of an email thread that we had several weeks ago, where a customer had asked him how they could tell if FTPS was being used on their FTP server. He had pointed out that when he looks at his FTP log files, the port number was...
  • Blog Post: Detecting FTP Leeches with LogParser

    Someone asked me an interesting question the other day, " How do I detect if any users are leeching my FTP site? " That's a great question, and it warrants some explanation and a little LogParser code. First of all, I should explain the term leeching as it applies to FTP. If you host a public FTP...
  • Blog Post: Using LogParser with FTP 7.x Sessions

    One of the great features that we added to our W3C logging enhancements in FTP 7.0 and FTP 7.5 is the ability to track unique sessions, which are represented by GUIDs in a field that is named x-session . Because of this addition, you can do some interesting things with LogParser when analyzing your FTP...
  • Blog Post: Data Mining UrlScan 3.0 Logs using LogParser 2.2

    We released a new version of UrlScan recently, and one of the great new features in this version is log files that conform to the W3C Extended Log File Format . What this means to administrators is that they can now parse their UrlScan activity using almost any common log utilities, including Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Converting W3C log files to NCSA format

    Around a year ago I wrote a blog entry titled " Converting NCSA log files to W3C format ", which showed how to use the MSWC.IISLog object to convert log files in the NCSA format back to W3C format. I wrote that blog entry to make up for the fact that the CONVLOG.EXE utility only converts log files to...
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