You can use the Event Viewer or the wevtutil command at a command prompt to manage event logs on a remote computer.
|To use Event Viewer to manage event logs on a remote computer|
Start Event Viewer.
Click the root node, for example Event Viewer (Local), in the console tree.
On the Action menu, click Connect to Another Computer.
In the Another computer box, type the name or IP address of the remote computer.
(Optional) Select Connect as another user, click Set User, enter the User name and Password, end then click OK.
|To use wevtutil to manage event logs on a remote computer|
To open a Command Prompt window, click Start, in the Start Search box, type cmd, and then press Enter.
Type the following command in the Command Prompt window:
wevtutil <command> /r:<remote_computer_name>
(Optional) To manage event logs on a remote computer as a different user, type the following command in the Command Prompt window:
wevtutil <command> /r:<remote_computer_name> /u:<user_name> /p:<password>
- You must enable the Remote Event Log
Management exception in the Windows Firewall Settings on the
remote computer to which you want to connect.
- You can type eventvwr
<remote_computer_name> in a Command Prompt window to
start Event Viewer and connect to a remote computer. You can also
include options that enable Event Viewer to start with a specified
Custom View or with a particular log selected. To learn more about
the eventvwr command, type eventvwr /? in a Command Prompt
window. Although you can use the eventvwr command to start Event
Viewer and connect to computers running previous versions of
Windows, any options specified will be ignored.
- When connected to a remote computer, Custom
Views displayed by the Event Viewer are the Custom Views stored on
the local computer. If you click one of those local Custom Views,
the underlying query will be run against the event logs on the
- When connected to a remote computer, the
external logs displayed by the Event Viewer are the ones that have
been referenced on the local computer.
- You may encounter errors if, while connected
to a remote computer, you attempt to display Custom Views that
reference local external logs. This happens because Event Viewer
tries to open those external logs on the remote computer rather
then the local computer. This problem does not arise if you use UNC
path names to reference the external logs.
- To view saved events from a remote computer,
you need to save the events on the remote computer with display
information. For more information about archiving events with
display information, see Archive an Event