Friday, July 13, 2007

Highlights From the Event Archiver 7 Press Release

Initial feedback on Version 7 of Event Archiver® from customers has been very good. Version 7, in case you didn't read the earlier blog posting, has direct support for Microsoft Windows Vista™ EVTX logs throughout the program. We also added a bunch of cool new features to help overcome some shortcomings in Vista eventing which we are calling LogRefiner™ technology.

This week, we sent out a press release regarding our launch of Event Archiver 7. Here are some highlights, with some of the most interesting sections highlighted in bold:

Dorian Software Creations, Inc. today announced the release of Event Archiver 7 (, the latest version of its automated log file collection and consolidation tool.

Having announced earlier in the year a U.S. patent for its Total Event Log Management Solution ™, the globally recognized leader in log management is again charting new territory within the SEM and SIEM markets. This time, Dorian is striking early at the looming onslaught of EVTX files – logs generated by the new Windows Vista and upcoming Windows Server ® 2008 operating systems – that compliance and security specialists face.

Dorian’s development team has been warning for some time in its blog at that the change in log formats from the existing EVT format to the new EVTX is rife with pitfalls - for admins and particularly, compliance and security specialists seeking consistency and reliability for log audits. The warnings have not articulated a preference between the log types but have instead stressed the importance of understanding the pitfalls before moving forward with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 migrations.

Many network administrators and those attempting to audit existing log data have just gotten the hang of the EVT format. Now, within the Windows ®platform alone, these security professionals face the specter of disparate formats and all the problems those differences bring: new event IDs; different formatting of data; and last but not least, changes in the way logs are handled for collection, monitoring, and reporting. Microsoft's shift to the EVTX format in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is truly the elephant in the room for those tasked with ensuring compliance and log retention.

The differences in the log formats and the methodologies behind them are far greater than many in the industry are willing to admit. We are responding to these changes not by forcing upgrades to our software or encouraging adoption of the new format, but by focusing instead on the management of these log types side-by-side. After all, the adoption of the new log format within the private and public sectors is just beginning, and many requirements force organizations to store years-worth of log data. That means, in many cases, auditors and forensic investigators will be looking at the “old” EVT logs for another 5-10 years at least.


As a result, Dorian Software Creations, Inc. is introducing its exclusive LogRefiner ™ technology. The focus of this new technology is the careful management of both log formats side-by-side, streamlining the management of both formats via consistent logic and methodology. Therefore, early adopters of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 - the operating systems that generate the new EVTX format - can take advantage of log management capability in Event Archiver today. This again sets Dorian Software apart from other log management vendors - almost all of which have been notably mute or at least guarded in their response to the major changes facing SEM and SIEM efforts.


Because the management of both log file formats will be necessary for yearsto come, Dorian Software stresses that any releases including the LogRefiner technology will not abandon those who continue to work with the EVT format.


Windows Vista EVTX File Support

Event Archiver has the capability to collect and convert EVTX log files. This is the new logging format first introduced in Windows Vista and planned for use in Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Simply install Event Archiver to a Windows
Vista workstation to start collecting EVTX files from other Vista workstations.

LogRefiner ™ Technology Makes Downlevel EVT File Processing in Windows Vista Possible

Dorian's exclusive LogRefiner technology can archive and convert EVT files from downlevel systems directly alongside the EVTX files from Windows Vista and newer operating systems - the converting and reading of EVT files being the very thing that the Microsoft Event Viewer on Windows Vista has difficulty doing correctly. With Event Archiver's special new technology, no information goes missing when converting downlevel EVT files into new formats – all event log fields are processed properly the first time.

Streamlines Fields Between EVT and EVTX Logs With LogRefiner Technology

Did you know that Windows Vista’s EVTX logs have even more fields? Event Archiver 7 can be instructed to automatically consolidate these fields - the Keyword and Opcode fields specifically - into the Task (Category) field so that you can have a uniform data structure for EVT and EVTX exported log files.

LogRefiner Technology Maintains Field Consistency Across

In the Windows Vista Security Log, no information about the user performing the action or affected by the action is recorded in the User field when an event is logged. Instead, all user information is placed in the Description of the event. Event Archiver 7, however, has the ability to place the most relevant user information back into the User field as it converts EVTX files into new formats. By helping maintain the consistency of log data and its formatting, this feature greatly aids the administrator or compliance officer in charge of reviewing the consolidated data.

Defines Success Audits Versus Failure Audits Using LogRefiner

Another major change in the Windows Vista security log is that all events are recorded as “Informational.” To discern whether or not the event represents a failed or successful action, the administrator must refer to the Keyword of the event.

But, Event Archiver 7 - when converting security EVTX Files - has the ability to properly record whether or not the event was a Success Audit or Failure Audit, greatly aiding the reviewer of log data generated from both EVT and EVTX log files.

To sum up, our LogRefiner™ technology in Event Archiver 7 means that:

1.) You can migrate to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 when you are good and ready, knowing that,
2.) Our software will process the downlevel EVT files for you right alongside the newer EVTX files, and
3.) Event Archiver has advanced technology that standardizes the collected data for reporting and other compliance purposes.

From Windows NT to Windows Server 2008, Event Archiver 7 has you covered. If you'd like to take it for a test drive, you can download your free 30-day evaluation copy at Happy archiving!

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