How do I view and create saved Directory Service (DS), DNS, and File Replication Service event logs?

A. You can use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Computer Management snap-in to view and archive event logs. To stop your system from grinding to a halt, you need to archive old event logs regularly (or configure the system to loop around, which might result in a loss of important event logs as the system overwrites the oldest information as needed).

Windows 2000 shows the DS and File Replication Service event logs only in Event Viewer on Win2K domain controllers (DCs). The DNS Server event log is available only on DNS servers.

To save an event area and clear the current display, perform the following steps:

  1. From the Start menu, select Programs, Administrative Tools, then Computer Management to start the Computer Management snap-in.
  2. From the System Tools branch, select Event Viewer.
  3. Right-click the selected log (e.g., DNS), and select Clear All Events from the context menu.
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  4. The program asks you if you want to save the logs first. Answer yes, and select a location. Click Save.
  5. The program clears the events from the display.

After you save the log files, you can complete the following steps to open one of these files:

  1. From the Computer Management snap-in, right-click the root Event Viewer.
  2. Select Open Log File from the context menu.
  3. Move to the location of the saved log files, and select a file.
  4. Select the type of log file (e.g., DNS Server), and enter the name that you want the OS to display the file as.

    Click Open.
  5. You’ll see the opened log displayed under the Event Viewer branch beneath any other logs.

When you finish looking at the old data, right-click the Saved DNS Server Log and select Delete from the context menu. The system doesn’t delete the actual file, just the view into the file.

Win2K Professional can’t read any of the DNS/FRS/DS logs, but Win2K Pro does read the standard application, system, and security logs.

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