Is there a method for backing up or limiting the size of the Detect log file in VigilEnt Security A (NETIQKB31642)

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  • 02-Feb-2007
  • 08-Sep-2008


How do I back up or limit the size of the detect log file?

VigilEnt Security Agent for Windows 3.1 

VigilEnt Security Agent for Windows 3.1 SP3


This functionality was made available in VigilEnt Security Agent for Windows 3.1 SP3. 

The Detect Service utilizes a log file located in the \windetect\log directory. This log file collects information about the status of the Detect Service. A registry key is used to limit the maximum size of this log file and its back up. The Registry Editor is used to make changes to this new key. The registry key values are as follows:

  • Location: \\HKLM\SOFTWARE\Pentasafe\VigilentDetect

  • Name: LogSize

  • Type: DWORD

  • Value Parameter: bytes

For example, 10240000 means the maximum file size is 10 MB. The default value is set to 10 MB.

The Detect Service must be stopped and restarted for the new settings to take effect. When the log file size reaches its maximum allowed size, a back up file is created. All contents of the log file are then copied to the back up file, and a new log file is created. Therefore, because there typically are two log files, a default of 10 MB for each file means that these files may take up 20 MB of disk space.

Additionally, a registry value determines the detail level written to this log file. By default, this value is set to 4, which writes the least amount of data to the log file. A setting of 1 writes the most data to the log. These values should not be changed without consulting NetIQ Technical Support.

Additional Information

Formerly known as NETIQKB31642