Viewing Log Files - SQL Server Express 2005

Posted on 2008-10-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hi Guys,
I have a SQL Sever Express 2005 database, im trying to access the log files listed under the management tree but they wont open?

 Ive tried to double clicking on the current log and the archive logs but nothing happens, how do i view the logs?

Jay Eire
Question by:jay_eire
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 22729421
are you connecting remotely? that could be an explanation.
otherwise, go in the file explorer into the LOG folder of the ms sql installation, the files are physically located there (ERRORLOG, ERRORLOG.1 etc )

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ID: 22729452
im trying to view locally and via remote desktop in the management express studio
ive got mangament
      SQL Server Logs
            Current - 10/16/2008 11:33:00Am
            Archive 1 -
            Archive 2 -
            etc etc
can i not query the logs?
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 500 total points
ID: 22729487
>can i not query the logs?
short answer: no, it's physical files on the disk (please see my first comment).

long answer: as the files are on the disk, you could create a linked server to the text file (as it won't move), and query that...

see here how to do that in general:
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ID: 22729553
is there no log file viewer? i found this link here..................
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 22729650
it should be there...
under "Management", SQL Server Logs, and double-click on any of the log file entries...

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ID: 22730118
thats what ive done but nothing happens when i double click on any of the logs.....
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 22730179
I have not yet met that problem...
what service pack?

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