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VB.NET Core Classes in a Nutshell by Ted Neward, Budi Kurniawan

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EventLog

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This class accesses Windows event logs that are accessible through the Event Viewer administrative tool. Windows contains three logs by default: the Application Log, System Log, and Security Log. The Security Log is read-only, so you can’t write events to it. Whenever you need to raise an event, you must select a system-wide unique event source. This source can be any keyword, as long as it is unique. To write an event to the Application log, use the shared two-argument version of WriteEntry(), supplying the source name and message as string arguments. If the source does not exist, it is automatically registered.

You can manually register a new event source several ways. First, call CreateEventSource(). If you do not specify a log name, then your events are registered with the generic Application Log. Otherwise, a new .evt file is created (in the %SystemRoot%\system32\config directory). Alternatively, create a new EventLog object, and set Source, Log, and MachineName to the appropriate values. To delete a source, call DeleteEventSource(). Delete() lets you delete an entire log, but be careful not to delete one of the Windows event logs! GetEventLogs() allows you to find the logs on the system, and LogNameFromSourceName() allows you to determine the log file for a given source.

You can interact with a log in many ways. Add to it using WriteEntry() and remove all log entries by calling Clear(). Examine the Entries property to view the individual log entries. ...

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