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Event Review: Event Log, Event Viewer and Task Scheduler in Windows Vista (Session ITPRODSK-07)

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Session Outline

In this session, we will look at how Windows Vista gives administrators more control over their environments and provides tools to simplify common administrative tasks. The Event Logging Infrastructure and other instrumentation in Windows Vista are enhanced to provide greater visibility and control over the desktop environment. Windows Vista also includes newly redesigned tools, such as the Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, and Performance Monitor. Even the Microsoft Management Console has been enhanced to make management applications more flexible and easier to use. These improvements make it easier for IT professionals to achieve and maintain a standardized client platform. In today's session, we will take a closer look at the newly designed Task Scheduler and Event Viewer. Improvements to the Windows event logging service make the Windows Vista desktop easier to manage, monitor, and provide better information for troubleshooting. Strict standards ensure that events are meaningful, actionable, and well-documented. Many components that stored logging information in text files in previous versions of Windows now add events to the event log. With event forwarding, administrators can centrally manage events from computers anywhere on the network, making it easier to proactively identify problems and to correlate problems that affect multiple computers. Finally, the event viewer has been completely rewritten to allow users to filter and sort events, control which type of events are logged, discover events more easily, and perform basic diagnostic tasks. This input makes it much more practical for administrators to use the event log to troubleshoot users' problems. Windows Vista greatly increases the administrator's ability to automate tasks, reducing the time needed to manage the desktop and decreasing the likelihood of manual errors. The task Scheduler is much more powerful in Windows Vista than in earlier versions of Windows. Task Scheduler can still be used to launch tasks at specific times or when the computer starts up, and it is entirely backward-compatible with Windows XP. There are several other design improvements to the task scheduler which we will explore in this session.

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Session Agenda

  • More control over environment
  • Simplifying desktop management
  • Increasing Automation

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Session Media

This session consists of the following demonstrations:

  • Demo: Examining the Event Viewer
    During this demonstration, we will explore the new features of the Event Viewer in Windows Vista.  
  • Demo: Creating and Using Views
    In this demonstration, we will create and use a custom view based off the Task Scheduler log entries.
  • Demo: Creating a Cross Log Query
    In this demonstration, we will create a sample Cross Log Query.  
  • Demo: Event Forwarding and Subscriptions
    In this demonstration, we will show how to use subscriptions for event forwarding.  
  • Demo: Scheduling a Task
    In this demonstration, we will see how the Event Viewer and Task Scheduler integrate and we will also explore how to create a new task using the Task Scheduler.  

Related Resources


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Microsoft Press Books

Introducing Microsoft Windows Vista
Summary: Your insider's preview of the next release of Microsoft Windows. What's new and improved in the newest release of the Microsoft Windows family of client operating systems? Which versions of Windows Vista are right for you and your organization? How will the new features and capabilities in Windows Vista improve security, make users more productive, and make it easier for IT professionals to deploy, manage, and support Windows desktops and mobile clients? Discover the new features and tools for deploying Windows Vista, help secure PCs and user accounts, migrate user settings and data, manage application compatibility, improve reliability, reduce support costs, develop applications, and help users achieve new levels of productivity and success at home or on the job.
Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Summary: The practical, portable guide to Windows Vista! Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers immediate answers for the day-to-day administration of Windows Vista. Zero in on core support and maintenance tasks using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You'll get the precise information you need to solve problems and get the job done.
Windows Vista Resource Kit
Summary: The definitive resource for administering Windows Vista direct from the experts. Get the definitive reference for deploying, configuring, and supporting Microsoft Windows Vista with expert insights from Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and the Windows Vista Team.
MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-622): Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians
Summary: Your 2-in-1 Self-Paced Training Kit features official exam prep and practice for the skills measured by Exam 70-622. Announcing an all-new Self-Paced Training Kit designed to help maximize your performance on 70-622, the required exam for the new Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Windows Vista Client Enterprise Support Technician certification. This 2-in-1 kit includes the official Microsoft study guide, plus practice tests on CD to help you assess your skills. It comes packed with the tools and features exam candidates want most including in-depth, self-paced training based on final exam content; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and customizable testing options. It also provides real-world scenarios, case study examples, and troubleshooting labs for skills and expertise that you can apply to the job. Work at your own pace through the lessons and lab exercises. Focusing on the job role of supporting Windows Vista clients in an enterprise environment, this official study guide covers topics such as deploying Windows Vista, managing security, configuring and troubleshooting networking, and troubleshooting performance and reliability issues.

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Third-Party Books

Windows Vista The Complete Reference
Summary: Here is the ultimate one-stop desk reference for Windows Vista users. Windows Vista: The Complete Reference provides comprehensive coverage of the newest features of the operating system. From setting up for optimum performance and understanding the OS internals to finding files and keeping computer systems secure and free from spyware, this volume covers it all. It's the ideal resource for anyone who wants to truly master Windows Vista.
How to Do Everything with Windows Vista
Summary: When trying to learn a new operating system, you don't have time to fumble through text-heavy chapters to find the answers you need. How to Do Everything with Windows Vista provides answers quickly and efficiently. You will learn to customize settings, use all the software properly, connect to the Internet, secure your system, set up a home network, connect peripheral devices, play games, and much more.


Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled


Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled
Summary: Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled is an in-depth exploration of the public release Beta 2 version of Windows Vista, Microsoft's next major operating system and the successor to Windows XP. Whether you're just planning ahead for a future upgrade or running Beta 2 already, Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled takes you on a detailed tour of all the new and improved technologies, features, tools, and programs that Microsoft programmers have stitched into the Vista fabric.
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Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide
Summary: Whether you're a beginner, power user, or seasoned professional, this complete guide has everything you need to customize the operating system, master your digital media, manage your data, and maintain your computer -- regardless of which Windows Vista edition you're using.
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Windows Vista in a Nutshell
Summary: This unique reference thoroughly documents every important setting and feature in Windows Vista, with alphabetical listings for hundreds of commands, windows, menus, listboxes, buttons, scrollbars, and other elements. To help you locate a specific setting, tool, or feature quickly, the book is organized into separate references for the user interface, file system, networking, hardware, security, mobility, multimedia, and command prompt. Also includes a system overview and a tour of the basics.
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Windows Vista Pocket Reference
Summary: Windows Vista Pocket Reference is the ideal guide to setting up and navigating the basics of this new operating system, from the new user interface to networking, multimedia, security, and mobility

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