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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Using Event Viewer

Event Viewer is a utility designed to track events recorded in the application, security, and system logs. It enables you to gather information about software, hardware, and system problems and track security events. When you start Windows Server 2003, the Event Log service starts automatically. Event Viewer takes the form of a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. It is named Eventvwr.msc and can be found in the %SystemRoot%\ System32 folder. When you launch Event Viewer from the Administrative Tools folder on the Programs menu, you see the Event Viewer console (Figure 35-1).

Figure 35-1. The Event Viewer console.

Event Log Files

Windows Server 2003 records events in three kinds of logs (you ...

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