ZipLogs Log File Management Utility

This little utility makes IIS log file management simple and easy. Every night it zips up all of the log files for all of the Web sites, FTP sites, and SMTP services deleting the original file after verification to save precious space resulting in a 5 to 1 compression ratio. It also makes these log files easier to access for analysis through third-party analytics tools like ClickTracks and WebTrends.

ZipLogsSetup.exe, 4 MB

Results

Here is what your log file folders will look like when you use ZipLogs nightly on a scheduled basis.

ZipLogs Directory

Installing ZipLogs

Installation is simple, just run the installer to install ZipLogs. It will install itself in the Program Files folder and add itself to the Start -> Programs menu.

ZipLogs Programs Menu

Configuring ZipLogs

Once installed, open ZipLogs and configure your options by selecting File -> Options.

ZipLogs File Menu

In the Options dialog box enter the path to the log files. This is normally C:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\ be sure to use a closing "\" so that the program can find the directory. ZipLogs will zip up any .log it finds in this folder and all of its sub-folders.

ZipLogs File Options

Zipping files older than 0 days allows means that the system will compress yesterday's log file if you run zip logs today. Check the delete files after compression option to remove the original log files to save space.

Scheduling ZipLogs

ZipLogs can be run via the command prompt and scheduled using task manager to run early each morning to compress all of the log files from the previous day. Use Control Panel to create a scheduled task for ZipLogs. Use the silent attribute to keep the program running in console mode instead of using the user interface. Schedule it to run daily in the early morning after the log files have rolled.

ZipLogs Task

ZipLogs Schedule