Overview

Event Scavenger is not exactly a shrink wrap application so the process to install or set it up requires some manual steps to use it properly. The Viewer and Admin tools have standalone MSI installations as they can be installed on multiple client computers depending on need.

The following is a basic list of steps to set up the system from scratch.

Database

A set of simple sql scripts are provided. Use any tool with which you can run these sql scripts. Remember that you must log on as an user that has the appropriate privileges to create databases,tables etc.
1. Create the database using the sql script (EventScavenger_Database) provided. You may have to edit the database create script if you want to specify a different database location.
2. Create tables: EventScavenger_Tables
3. Create stored procs and functions: EventScavenger_StoredProcs
4. Create Views: EventScavenger_Views
5. Add default settings to database: EventScavenger_SettingDefaults

EventScavenger Service

1. Install the service: run InstallUtil.exe EventScavenger.exe (remember to run under administrative mode on Windows7/2008+)
Sample provided but it is better to run it from the command line yourself.
2. When prompted for the user account to run the service under specify an account that has access to all the event logs that need to be read.
3. Edit the EventScavenger.exe.config file : set up SQL server, database (if different) and Collector name. Remember that the Collector name must be exactly the same as the one in the database.
4. For the first time run set the 'RecreatePerfCountersOnStart' value to true so it creates all the performance counters.
5. Only start the service once the database has been configured and the admin tool has been used to set up Collector(s) and some event logs to poll. If you set up any additional collectors remember to disable maintenance stuff in the config file for the other instances.

EventCollector Service

1. Install the service: run InstallUtil.exe EventScavenger.exe (remember to run under administrative mode on Windows7/2008+)
Sample provided but it is better to run it from the command line yourself.
2. When prompted for the user account to run the service under specify an account that has access to all the event logs that need to be read.
3. Edit the EventCollector.exe.config file : set up SQL server and database (if different) etc.
4. Only start the service once the database has been configured.

Admin tool

1. A MSI installer is provided. Simply install the MSI.
2. Run the admin tool and specify the SQL server (and instance if needed).
3. Add Collector(s) and event logs to poll.
4. Set up maintenance as needed.

Viewer

1. A MSI Installer is provided. Simply install the MSI.
2. Just run it after specifying login details.

Last edited Jul 19, 2011 at 5:57 AM by RudolfHenning, version 6

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