Posted on 2006-06-15
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When an event log is cleared (not deleted), is there anyway by which lost information can be retrieved?
My question is specific to this scenario

In the event of a parallel logging onto a common server location using tools, what would happen to the events that were logged by the PC working in a stand alone mode (disconnected from the network and server)?
Is there a tool/mechanism to keep track of these missed events?

Question by:AmitBAcharya
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gidds99 earned 1200 total points
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By default, Event Viewer log files use the .evt extension and are located in the following folder:


The only way I can think to possible recover any such information would be to use file recovery / undelete type software such as:


As the event logs are overwritten with the same filename I do not think you will be successfull.

There is no windows function to recover these logs.

Your question regarding the parallel logging I am unsure of as I am unfamiliar with the software but I would hazzard a guess that the local logs do not exist as they are written to a network location.

Good luck.
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by:Rich Rumble
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The above is true, undelete software would be your only recourse in this case. You can use a tool like Snare to log the events to the local machine as well as to remote servers, when the event log is cleared in windows event viewer or other method, Snare logs are not affected. http://www.intersectalliance.com/projects/index.html There are also tools like GFI's SELM for this type of thing also http://www.gfi.com/lanselm/

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