Query remote event log using c#

Hi There,

I'm to query the event log on a remote machine. Specifically, I'm trying to query the (very large) System event log on a print server. I've used the Resource Kit tool "Dump Event Log" (dumpel.exe) in the past but I'd rather not rely on a separate program to generate the data.

I've got some code which queries the event log and returns the rows I want, sweet, however it takes far too long (50+ seconds) to run. Dumpel.exe only takes a few seconds so the method Im using cant be all that great.

The code Im using is attached. Apart from being slow, I prefer it than having an external app included in my project. If theres a way to embed an exe into my app that would be fine too (Im not sure there is tho Im still a beginner).

Maybe the code can be rewritten to run more efficiently or perhaps there's a whole different approach we can take here - I'm open to suggestions =)

Thanks!

David
ManagementScope scope;
            ManagementObjectSearcher searcher;
            ManagementObjectCollection queryCollection;
            ConnectionOptions options = new ConnectionOptions();
 
            string Server = "[print server]";
            string Username = "[Domain]\\[Admin account]";
            string Password = "[]";
           
            options.Username = Username;
            options.Password = Password;
 
 
            
 
            scope = new ManagementScope("\\\\" + Server + "\\root\\cimv2", options);
 
 
            SelectQuery query = new SelectQuery("select * from Win32_NTLogEvent where Logfile = 'System' and EventCode = 10 and SourceName = 'Print' and Type = 'information' and timegenerated >20081020 and timegenerated <20081025");
            
            searcher = new ManagementObjectSearcher(scope, query);
 
 
            try
            {
                queryCollection = searcher.Get();
            }
            catch (Exception e)
            {
                MessageBox.Show(e.Message);
                return;
 
            }

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grayeCommented:
That's right... the WMI method is a bit slow.    However, there is another technique using the .Net Framework's own EventLog class
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ht0k516y(VS.80).aspx
However, it's not that much faster for large event logs...  it can retrieve about 50,000 entries per minute (not a scientific measurement).   The speed decreases exponentionally as the size of the log file increases
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