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Using WiX to create an event source during install of a .NET framework project

Edit: so I guess I wasn't the only one confused with this stuff, as it's been my most popular post by far!  If I've helped you out or saved you some time, please let me know in the comments :)

In order for this to work, you have to add references to WixUtilExtension and WixNetFxExtension to your WiX project.  Once that's done, add this inside a <Component> element:

<Util:EventSourcexmlns:Util=""Name="EVENTSOURCEGOESHERE"Log="Application"EventMessageFile="[NETFRAMEWORK40FULLINSTALLROOTDIR]EventLogMessages.dll" />
Obviously replace EVENTSOURCEGOESHERE with your event source name.  NETFRAMEWORK40FULLINSTALLROOTDIR is a property set by the WixNetFxExtension which stores the path to the .NET framework v4 directory, but you can replace this with the corresponding property for the directory containing the relevant EventLogMessages.dll file.  So if you're using the .NET framewo…

Using Log4Net to use both event log and a rolling log file

Here's the config section, note that the applicationNameproperty in the EventLogAppender needs to be the same as the event source in the windows event log that you want to log to.  If the event source doesn't exist, that appender won't work.  In this particular project I create that during install using WiX (which is covered in another post)

    <appendername="RollingLogFileAppender"type="log4net.Appender.RollingFileAppender">      <filevalue="log.txt" />      <datePatternvalue="dd-MM-yyyy" />      <appendToFilevalue="true" />      <locationinfovalue="false" />      <rollingStylevalue="Size" />      <maximumFileSizevalue="1MB" />      <maxSizeRollBackupsvalue="10" />      <staticLogFileNamevalue="true" />      <layouttype="log4net.Layout.PatternLayout">        <conv…