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Where are Active Directory log files stored

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I would like to look at the active directory log files but have no idea where they are stored. We are using server 2003.
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by:ISWSIMBX
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It's located at %systemroot%\NTDS
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by:ISWSIMBX
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Here is a little more information on each of the files:

NTDS.DIT
-Active Directory Storage File
-Maintains 3 Tables: Data Table, Link Table, Security Descriptor Table
EDB.LOG
-Current Transaction Log
-All Transactions created here before being committed to NTDS.DIT
EDB****.LOG
-Logs that are complete and committed to NTDS.DIT
EDB.CHK
-Checkpoint file (JET) used to identify committed vs. uncommitted transactions
RES1.LOG and RES2.LOG
-Reserved space for EDB.LOG
-Each file is 10mb
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Since I couldn't be bothered to put everything into one post, here is another way to check in the registry.  Check this key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Parameters

That will contain the location of your DIT file and your AD Log Files.
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by:LauraEHunterMVP
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Out of curiousity, what are you actually trying to accomplish? The EDB***.log files are not in any kind of reasonably human-readable format. If you are attempting to view System errors or security audit information, this will appear in the Event Viewer on each domain controller.
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by:Mike Kline
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Not sure if you may be looking for readable .log files like Laura mentioned.  If you wanted to see dcpromo logs and some other logs you can read look at the logs in:
%systemroot%\debug
Thanks
Mike
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Thank you for all your input and help.
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