Using logstalgia with IIS 8

There is this cool free software out there called logstalgia it allows you to review webserver logs in order to find out in a visual way how clients use your site. But mostly it just looks cool, there are going to be benefits to looking at logs using it but really this is a ‘I was bored’ project so no real business use for it unless your CIO only responds to crazy colors and classic pong. I saw a number of users asking for IIS support on both the wiki and on the github so I decided to educate people on how you can use this on IIS not just Apache or NGIX.

Problem: I want to use logstaigia with IIS or Windows Web Services.

Solution: Change the format that IIS is logging in and make it easy for logging software to interpret the information written by the server.

To be clear you can also convert the logs to an apache like format but this would not allow for monitoring in real time. However this will show you how to fix the issue permanently.

First go on into IIS and click on the site you want to view logging for.1


Once you have opened the logging settings. Change the log format to NCSA and be sure to pick a easy to get to location for the logs.



If you want to see it in more than real time seeing as IIS only seems to write to the file ever few mins then look into setting up realtime logging.

Enjoy using logstalgia to view web traffic!



Topics are expanding!

First of all this is not a Blog, it may look like one but this is in fact the first blog post. This is an amalgamation of things that I found poorly documented or that I wanted to make a note of. Its posted publicly so that other people can access it and get help when they cant figure it out themselves. The articles I post are mostly unique and to my best understanding of the topic.  I try and keep articles as brief and to the point as possible.

However I will branching into a new sub categoric type of postings from time to time loosely based around NetSec. These posts will be longer and less to the point than the Server Fixes or Workstation Fixes that I do as I am doing less of that in my employment now. I feel that Network Security starts with

A) Having free time (Something I have more of now after relocating)
B) Seeing something and asking if it can be broken (Something IT people ask on a daily basis)
C) Having the underlying hardware and knoledge in order to take on tasks on a efficient and proper manner – This is a biggie, there are time I would like to write about something but have not due to the fact I don’t want to mislead people or provide inaccurate information. I may be able to build it , see it work , and pull it off but at the same time to do a write up on something that I am not confident on does not feel right. This is why I did not write about my hodge podge setup for ESX that I have redone countless times until it became a well oiled machine.

NetSec has interested me for a while now and I have been getting into it more and more in recent. I feel its a constantly evolving field where you play a giant game of chess in order to out think and be more creative than the target is truely interesting to me. Once the idea is laid out, research into the tools and methods required is done, internal testing of exploits has been completed I find myself looking for ways to automate these tasks for larger scale.

The new posts (not all of them Ill still show you how to deal with Citrix XenApp Logon Times next week) will be related to Network Security, most of the information will be censored in order to protect the identities of the internal testing url’s but I will be doing more documentation on the exploits. I will also be covering some popular tools that I’m sure have been documented on thousands of websites but these will be for my own reference only.

For now, courage.


Brother HL Series – Toner Light Reset

We have a number of these (roughly 12) at my work so this is just for personal refrence but feel free to comment if it helps you.

Problem: Brother printers HL-2720DW series printer shows a amber toner light, despite new toner it will not clear.

Solution: First do everything a normal person would reboot, clean the head as instructed on every toner change. If this does not resolve it follow below:

1. Open front door the light will change color.
2. Turn off printer with the switch on the side.
3. While holding down the green GO button, turn printer back on  using the switch on the side.
4. When all four LEDs light up release GO button. All LEDs will turn off
5. Press the GO button 2 times. The 3 LEDs (toner, drum, paper) will light up solid
6. Press the GO button 5 times
7. Paper light will be blinking
8. At this point the toner end-of-life condition has been reset. Close front door.


Sick Beard | CouchPotato | Custom Internal Site

This post is completely off topic but I want to make something  available  that I feel people would use. I recently jumped on the usenet train for fun and found its great that everything is  available  on webUI’s. The downside is typing in the IPs/Hostnames all the time to get to them. Sure you can bookmark em but why do that when you have have this free website I made for you to host on IIS8!

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Just ensure you put a password on any of your services before publicly posting them on the net. Setting up HTTPS  wouldn’t  hurt either.

You can snag the files here, be sure to use your own IP’s / subdomains so you get get to the services. Click the link below to get the files.

SabSite I do not condone the use of Sab or Torrents, unless your downloading Backtrack.