As an administrator, you will run into many situations where you have problems that are sort of anomalies. These can bug you because at first there seems to be no reason why things happen the way they do, and it leaves you feeling stupid. For these problems, you want to collect as much log data as you can so it gives you the best chance of actually solving the issue.
Ways of collecting this log data vary with what you are troubleshooting. You can collect event logs, performance logs, application logs, etc.
One thing I have not discussed (until now) is startup and recovery settings. These can prove very useful because you can perform a memory dump when a problem occurs, which will basically provide you with more log information.
The steps to take to edit or make these settings are as follows:
Go to the "My Computer" icon on your desktop and right click, drop to properties and then click on the Advanced tab. You will be presented with the following:
The bottom section of this window is the Startup and Recovery section. Click the tab to make your edits. The window looks like the following:
From here, you have the ability to make some really helpful settings. By default, all of the check boxes are filled in; leave them that way.
For the maximum amount of debugging information, select "Complete Memory Dump" from the dropdown list.
Let me know if you need any other information,