|Updated: February 23, 2001
Want a quick and easy way
to check your log files in Windows 2000? Just put a shortcut on your
This article is for both
Windows 2000 Professional and Server Editions. The only difference
is that in the server editions, you will have several log file directories
while in the professional edition, there is only one log file directory.
This guide was made using the server editions for the screenshots.
Start -> Settings -> Control
Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Internet Services Manager
Right click on your website
name then select "Properties" This will take you to the main control
page for the website.
At the bottom of the windows
at the "Enable Logging" check box, click on "Properties". This will
take you to the log file control panel for the website.
You can choose to change
whichever setting you like. At the bottom of the screen, take note
of what location it says the log files will be generated to.
In my case, it will put the
log files in directory "W3SVC17".
Open up windows Explorer
and click "My Computer" -> "C:" -> "WINNT" -> "System32" -> "LogFiles".
Find the name of the directory that is listed in the log file control panel
then right click on the directory then click "Send to" then "Desktop (Make
You'll see this somewhere
on your desktop.
Rename it to something that
make more sense to you.
Then when you want to check
your log files to see who has been visiting your site, just double click
on the folder and take a look at the individual log files for that day.
Now you don't have to go
digging through several directories to find your log files. Don't
you love shortcuts?