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Logging Site Activity

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1

You can collect information about user activity by enabling logging for your Web sites. Logging information in Internet Information Services (IIS) goes beyond the scope of the event logging or performance monitoring features provided by Microsoft® Windows®. The logs can include information such as who has visited your site, what the visitor viewed, and when the information was last viewed. You can use the logs to assess content popularity or to identify information bottlenecks.

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Related Information
  • For more information about logging, including examples and descriptions of various IIS log file formats and information about HTTP.sys error logging, see Analyzing Log Files section.

  • For information about auditing techniques to track the activities of users and to detect unauthorized attempts to access your NTFS file system directories and files, see Auditing in IIS 6.0.

  • For an explanation of W3C Extended logging fields, including a detailed technical breakdown of the time-taken field, see W3C Extended Log File Format.

  • For more information about HTTP status codes (100 - 500) see HTTP Status Codes in IIS 6.0.

  • For information about client error codes (400 - 404) and how to troubleshoot common request problems, see HTTP 40x -- Client Error Codes.

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