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Backing up Event Logs

In this section:

Save Event Log As File

Automatic Event Log Backup

 

Save Event Log As File

To save current event log into event log file, select File->Save Log As -> Save Event Log (backup) from the main menu or click . To backup unopened event log, browse for the log in the computers tree, click right mouse button on it and select Save Log As from the drop-down menu.

By default Windows Event Log service doesn't allow backups across the network. It means that if you need to backup System log on \\Server, you can only backup it to \\Server.
When you backup event logs with Event Log Explorer, you can save logs to any computer across the net. In this case Event Log Explorer will backup event log locally to Windows\Temp folder, and move the backup file to the target computer.

You can save/export certain events from event log to .evt file. To do so, select File->Save Log As -> Save Displayed Events or File->Save Log As -> Save Selected Events from the main menu to create a new .evt files from the current event log view or currently selected events.

Automatic Event Log Backup

Event Log Explorer helps you to automatically back up event logs. To do so, open Event Log Properties dialog (File->Log Properties for the current event log) and enable option: Backup log automatically, then clear it. When this option is enabled and the event log size reaches Maximum log size value, Windows Event Log service will automatically save the log into Windows\system32\config\ (for Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server) or Windows\System32\winevt\Logs (for Windows Vista, 7and 2008 Server), and clear the log. The name of the backup file is a concatenation of the log file name and the date and time (in coordinated universal time, or UTC). The name has this format:
LogName-year-month-day-hour-minute-seconds-millisecond.evt
You must make sure to move or delete the backup log files from the System volume. If you do not, the volume may become full.

You can find extra information about auto auto-archiving at Microsoft's website

 

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