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Retain system log

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Retain system log


This security setting determines the number of days' worth of events to be retained for the system log if the retention method for the system log is By Days.

Set this value only if you archive the log at scheduled intervals and you make sure that the Maximum system log size is large enough to accommodate the interval.


  • This setting does not appear in the Local Computer Policy object.

Default: None.

Configuring this security setting

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Event Log\

For specific instructions about how to configure security policy settings, see Edit security settings on a Group Policy object.

For more information, see:

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