Clarification: W3C log file format and UTC timestamps Server! version: 1.0.0+

Every once in a while we receive a support request from some customer asking us how to “fix” the timestamp in the log files, because it’s few hours ahead/behind.

The thing is that such timestamp is not ahead nor behind: it’s always in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), and that is not our arbitrary choice; in fact, the W3C Extended Log File Format official working document clearly states that the timestamp must refer to the GMT time zone without daylight savings bias, which is – indeed – called UTC for brevity.

For such reason, all existing log analysis software products are designed to take that into account and adapt the generated reports to the current time zone of the machine that runs the analysis.

Continue reading Server! v3 features W3C Log Files

Our development team is in the final stages of wrapping up the Log Server for the upcoming new major version of Server! (v3).

In the past two days we have been conducting a series of tests, and these are the very first images that we can make available. Here below you can see the free edition of SmarterStats (the famous log analyzer by SmarterTools) producing a report based upon the analysis of our new Server! v3 log files, which are in W3C standard format.

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