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Access is denied error when trying to access System Event Log.

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I'm getting this error when I try to access the System Event Log;
Unable to complete the operation on "System Log".
Access is denied.

I can access the Security Log fine, but the application log is causing the same error.

Anyone seen this before?

Its a windows 2000 domain controller and I'm logged in as the domain admin. There is another domain controller in the domain and I can access the Event Log on that fine.
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No. The other logs work? You are logged in as administrator? Make sure that the event log file (C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSEVENT.EVT) does grant access to your user account.
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by:tommyh
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Interestingly, If I import the EVENT.EVT files for the logs that I can't open in the Event viewer, I can open them as saved logs.

The permissions on the files themselves are for Adminstrators and SYSTEM, Full control.
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by:jmiller47
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Can you back up the logs somewhere else and delete the origianls. New logs will be created hopefully they will work again. If not, you can restore the originals.
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by:tommyh
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unfortunately these files are locked by the OS and I'm at a remote location so I can't boot into recovery mode and do anything to them.

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by:franka
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you can delete them, if the eventlog service is stopped.
Here it is explained very detailed:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;DE;q172156
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by:tommyh
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Oddly, I opened the files you suggested directly in a text editor. And it started working again.

That wasn't exactly the type of result I wanted, because I like to be able to document the problem, cause and solution for others.

But thanks for your help anyway.

ps. I would have tried jmiller47's suggestion, but I was unable to get a chance, thanks for you help as well.
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by:CCNI
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I had this same problem and found the resolution here.  You're gonna laugh at yourself like I did to myself.

Take "GUESTS" out of the members list.  

:-)
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by:Rifaa
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how you do this, guest account is not member for any users group nor administrator
i do have same problem still remain.

any comments/solution added to this would be highly appriciated
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by:Rifaa
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HI,
here you go with microsoft artical for CCNI Reply, it did not help me out..
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=887439

i am still in hunt for answers for the same problem

thanks all
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by:Rifaa
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Hi,
i have solved my problems :) thanks everybody
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;892192


regards
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by:Rifaa
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i find many people thier having many problems, related to event viewer please see this too,
may help you...

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/ServerHelp/4decd119-819c-454b-aa33-91b301b5a4fa.mspx
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by:munequito
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I followed instructions on the MS site (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888189) on how to modify the registry and set RestricGuestAccess = 0 for the event logs, but that did not solve my problem. On a hunch, I then removed the user from the Guest group and the user WAS able to access the event logs.
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by:jmiller47
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Is this the proper use of Open Discussion? This sounds like it should be a new question. I can imagine referring to this thread in the new question, but I don't believe that creating an open discussion on a question that has been closed for over 4 years will get you an answer very quickly.

Thanks,
Joel
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by:munequito
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Sorry, I was just commenting on the solution...hoping my comment might help someone else. I did not have an additional question.
Best wishes,
Guy
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