VBScript: Shortcuts for IIS Log Directories

I love parsing through IIS logfiles but I dislike the directory structure that Microsoft creates for IIS logging. Each site has a randomly generated directory name so, for example, “netnerds.net” could store its files in “C:\windows\system32\logfiles\W3SVC720199813.” Who wants to track that down? Not me! Use the attached script to change your ugly directory names into something that’s human readable.

' This script created by Chrissy LeMaire ([email protected])
' Website: http://netnerds.net/
' This script creates human readable shortcuts to your
' IIS logging directories.
' Requirements -- ability to read IIS:// and permissions to
' create subdirectories and files in your logging directory. If you encounter
' any problems, its probably because you don't have proper permissions.
' This script has only been tested on Windows Server 2003.
' "What it does"
' 1. Reads the master log file path (usually C:\windows\system32\logfiles)
' 2. Creates a directory called Shortcuts in the master log file path
' 3. Creates shortcuts to each directory using the website name
'    listed in the IIS websites tree. Done!

  Set objW3SVC = GetObject("IIS://localhost/W3SVC")
  MasterLogFilePath = objW3svc.LogFileDirectory
  shortcutDir = MasterLogFilePath & "\Shortcuts"

     Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
      If fso.FolderExists(shortcutDir) = FALSE Then
   fso.DeleteFolder(shortcutDir) 'empty it out..keep it clean. so you can run this every few months
    End If
   Set fso = Nothing

For Each objSITE in objW3SVC
  If objSITE.class = "IIsWebServer" Then
   websiteName = objSITE.ServerComment
   w3LogFilePath =  objSITE.LogFileDirectory & "\w3svc" & objSITE.Name

    if  objSITE.LogType > 0 and objSITE.ServerState <> 4 then 'If logging is enabled and the website is running.

         set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
          set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(shortcutDir & "" & websiteName & ".lnk")
          oShellLink.TargetPath = w3LogFilePath
          oShellLink.IconLocation = "explorer.exe, 13"
          oShellLink.Description = "Shortcut Script"
          set oShellLink = Nothing
          set WshShell = Nothing

      siteList = siteList & websiteName & " = " & w3LogFilePath & vbCrLf
       end if
   End if

MsgBox siteList 'or not

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain RealCajunRecipes.com in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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One comment on “VBScript: Shortcuts for IIS Log Directories
  1. Kev says:

    Hey I was the hardware tech for a small company here in NZ. Today I was promoted to IT guru in charge of our SBS 2003 (the real guy left and my boss remembered me fixing an old VB6 program a year or so ago)
    So my first job of the day was “check the IIS logs for…”
    Hmm where is the log and what do I read it with?

    Googled to here and your IIS.Microsoft.make.it.hard.jh2jgrhgeg7jhge to human script saved me. Now I have a shortcut to the site logs.

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