Displaying the Windows Event Log with PowerShell

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The latest post in the  PowerShell Box of tricks series is here.

I’ll start by saying this is a bit of a cheat. PowerShell has a perfectly good cmdlet called Get-EventLog and plenty of ways to use it

I created this function because I like to use Out-GridView and specify only a few records so it is quicker on remote systems. I like Out-GridView as it enables me to filter easily by typing in the top box. This is most often used via the simple GUI I have created. At the command line I would just use Get-EventLog

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The function is shown below. It is important to know that the $log parameter is CaSeSensItive

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The Code is here

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# NAME: Show-EventLog.ps1
# AUTHOR: Rob Sewell http://newsqldbawiththebeard.wordpress.com
# DATE:06/08/2013
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# COMMENTS: Load function for Showing the windows event logs on a server
# ————————————————————————
# Define a server an event log the number of events and display
# pipe to this and then to out-gridview to only show Errors -      where {$_.    entryType -match "Error"}

Function Show-EventLog ($Server, $log, $Latest) {

    Get-EventLog  -computername $server -log $log -newest $latest |     Out-GridView
}

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