Working with the system event log

The event log stores information about all events that occur in the system. It is useful to view logged information if unwanted behavior occurs in the system and you want to find out where the problem originates or get additional details.

Viewing the event log

To view the event log, open the Event log application.

Viewing the event log

If you click Display event () next to an event, the system displays a dialog with full details about the event.

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Configuring the event log

You can configure the following event log settings:

General event log settings

You can configure the following settings for the event log in Settings -> System:

Setting location

Description

Event log size

The number of events stored in the Event log.

  • When exceeded by 10% (or a different percentage set by means of the CMSLogKeepPercent web.config key), the percentage of the oldest events is deleted from the log in a batch.
  • Set 0 if you do not want the system to log any events.
Log metadata changes If enabled, changes of object and page metadata (i.e. when an object or a page is created, edited or deleted) are logged in the Event log.

Log to database

Indicates if events are logged to database. Doesn't override Event log size set to 0.

Log to filesystem If enabled, the system writes the event log into the CMS\App_Data\logEvents.log file on the server's file system. Doesn't override Event log size set to 0.
Log to trace

Indicates if events are logged to trace. Doesn't overwrite Event log size set to 0.

Use EventLog trace listener

Indicates if the system logs events in your Windows Event Viewer.

Use the Modify feature of the Kentico installer, if you haven't turned on the Registration of Kentico in Windows Event Log option when installing Kentico.

You can also configure the event log by adding keys to the appSettings section of your application's web.config file. The keys work in combination with the settings listed above. For more information, see  Reference - Web.config application keys.

Logging page not found exceptions

You can enable logging of Page not found exceptions in the event log. To do so:

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Select the Content category.
  3. In the Page not found group, enable Log page not found exception.
  4. Save the changes.

Configuring permissions for the event log

To allow users to work with the event log, configure permissions for your website's roles:

  1. Open the Permissions application.
  2. Select permissions for Modules and the Event log.
  3. Assign the following permissions to roles:
     
    • Read - allows members of the roles to access the event log. Only users with the Global administrator privilege level can view events logged on a global application level.
    • Clear log - allows members of the roles to delete the records in the event log.

Logging system events to trace

You can set up Kentico to log application events in trace. You can then implement your own listener, such as the TextWriterTraceListener or use the out-of-the-box Kentico functionality to log events into the Windows Event Viewer.

To enable logging of system events to trace:

  1. In Kentico, open the Settings application.
  2. Select the System category.
  3. In the Event log settings group, enable Log to trace.
  4. Save the changes.

Kentico now logs system events to trace. You can now implement your own listener, such as the TextWriterTraceListener.

Logging system events in the Windows Event Viewer

You can set up Kentico to log application events in the Windows Event Viewer. Note that to do that, Kentico uses the EventLogTraceListener:

Registering Kentico in Windows Event Log

  1. Run the Kentico installer.
  2. Select your country, accept the license agreement, and click Next.
  3. Modify the installation that you want to register in Windows Event Log.
  4. Select the Registration of Kentico in Windows Event Log check box.
  5. Apply Changes.

The installer registers Kentico in the Windows Event Log.

Enabling logging of Kentico events into Windows Event Log

  1. In Kentico, open the Settings application.
  2. Select the System category.
  3. In the Event log settings group, enable Log to trace and Use EventLog trace listener.
  4. Save the changes.

Kentico now logs system events to both the Kentico event log and Windows Event Viewer.

Setting up e-mail notifications for errors

You can configure the system to automatically send e-mail notifications whenever errors occur in the application.

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Select the System category.
  3. Enter the target e-mail addresses for the notifications into the Error notification e-mail address setting.
    • Use semicolons to separate multiple addresses.
  4. Type a sender address into the No-reply e-mail address settings.
    • The notification e-mails use the sender address in their From field.
  5. Save the settings.

Event log API

You can find an API example of logging events into the event log in Designing secure error messages. More examples are provided in the API examples documentation.

Disabling logging for specific types of events

If you wish to disable logging for events of a specific type, you need to use custom code. See Customizing event logging for more information.


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