Log Parser Studio V2 Updated (12/11/2013)

The latest bits for LPS 2.0 are now available. This update contains a number of small fixes and enhancements including the promised fix of enabling the "Use Double Quotes" option for IIS Advanced Logging. The latest bits and associated links are below.  Download the latest version of LPS: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Log-Parser-Studio-cd458765   There is also the ability…

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Log Parser Studio and IIS Advanced Logging

I was approached on two occasions with questions about LPS and IIS Advanced Logging and if LPS can successfully query these logs. The use double-quotes option isn't yet available in LPS (hopefully coming soon) so here is a workaround that should suffice for now: Open an existing IIS Advanced log, copy the fields header row, paste into a…

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Log Parser Studio – Exchange 2003 Message Tracking Logs

If you saw the post about Exchange log file formats known from within LPS as “EEL” and “EELX” you may remember that they all follow the same basic format albeit with a few exceptions. Exchange 2003 message tracking logs is one of those exceptions. Exchange 2003 message tracking logs are in a TSV type format so the TSV input log type works…

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Log Parser Studio – Tips and Tricks

I mentioned in several posts that there were lots of improvements and hidden nuggets in Log Parser Studio that haven’t been documented yet. Well, let’s start listing them. Many of these are either concepts or simple one-off shortcuts that may not fit a formal structure all that well so here goes: The Purple Timer I wonder how many people…

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Log Parser Studio 2.0 Released!

After quite a bit of blood, sweat and tears, LPS 2.0 was released today. A large number of improvements have been made since V1. When considering improvements many were the result of either feedback from engineers and customers or, removing workflow barriers whenever I ran into them. In other words since I use LPS everyday I…

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Log Parser Studio – Upgrading from V1 to V2

If you are installing Log Parser Studio for the first time, you don’t need anything in this post. If this your first time using LPS please see this post which explains the prerequisites and how to get LPS up and running quickly. If you already have LPS V1 installed and you have been modifying existing queries…

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Log Parser Studio – Write your first query in less than 30 seconds – Part I

Though LPS contains over 170 preconfigured queries out-of-the-box there almost always comes a time when you have a question you like to get an answer for that an existing query doesn’t quite cover. There are couple of things we can do, we can modify an existing query that is close to what we want or…

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Log Parser Studio Scenarios – Real time CAS logging using a checkpoint file.

Much of the time LPS is used to query log files after the fact. You are troubleshooting a potential issue and are simply running queries against IIS logs for example. However, what if you want to run queries against “live” logs and you only want to return results in real time as new entries are…

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Log Parser Studio Scenarios – How balanced is my load balancer?

I often work with customers where a single CAS server in a group of load balanced CAS servers seems to be having performance issues. Upon closer inspection we find that the load balancing of those CAS servers was uneven and the only problem was that this particular CAS was receiving much more traffic than it…

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Log Parser Studio – What’s an EEL log anyway?

You just downloaded and launched the latest version of Log Parser Studio and stumble upon two new log types that you have never seen before; EEL and EELX. What on earth could those be for? If you don’t already know, LPS was born from within the Exchange Server Support organization as a tool to help…

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