Vista Nugget: Create Task Scheduler events using Event Viewer, to handle System and Application events


Windows VistaIn Windows Vista, the Event Viewer user interface now allows you to quickly attach tasks to system events – in fact, Application, Security, System, Setup and Forwarded events.


For instance, in the image below, I am attaching a task to the System event that is raised when I lose my DHCP context.


To open Event Viewer, click Start, and type Event Viewer into the search box. 


If you want to try this yourself, try attaching a task to an event you can quickly reproduce, such as starting or stopping a Service (which you can do through the interface you get by clicking the Start button and typing “Services”). 


Vista Event Viewer - attach task to event


 


The tasks that you create using Event Viewer integrate with Task Scheduler – the tried, true scheduler you’ve known in Windows Server 2003, XP, and previous, but augmented in Vista – which now lets you trigger your operating system to start a program, send an e-mail, or display a message as a task. 


Open it up to see the list of tasks you’ve created by clicking start and typing Task Scheduler.  To find your event-related tasks, select the Event Viewer Tasks folder under Task Scheduler Library, as shown in the image below.  In this image, I’m looking at the event I just created above.


Vista Task Scheduler - attach task to event


This is great new functionality for creating, managing and handling Application and System-level events in Vista.

Comments (1)

  1. anony.muos says:

    Does Event Viewer finally allow searching the event log?