Updated: January 21, 2005

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


Lists the events and event properties from one or more event logs.


eventquery[.vbs][/s Computer [/u Domain\User [/p Password]]][/fi FilterName][/fo {TABLE | LIST | CSV}][/r EventRange [/nh] [/v] [/l [APPLICATION] [SYSTEM] [SECURITY] ["DNS server"] [UserDefinedLog] [DirectoryLogName] [*] ]

/s Computer
Specifies the name or IP address of a remote computer (do not use backslashes). The default is the local computer.

/u Domain \ User
Runs the script with the account permissions of the user specified by User or Domain\User. The default is the permissions of the current logged on user on the computer issuing the command.

/p Password
Specifies the password of the user account that is specified in the /u parameter.

/fi FilterName
Specifies the types of events to include in or exclude from the query. The following are valid filter names, operators, and values.


Name Operator Value


eq, ne, ge, le, gt, lt

mm/dd/yy(yyyy), hh:mm:ssAM(/PM)


eq, ne



eq, ne, ge, le, gt, lt

Any valid positive integer.


eq, ne

Any valid string.


eq, ne

Any valid string.


eq, ne

Any valid string.


eq, ne

Any valid string

/fo {TABLE | LIST | CSV}
Specifies the format to use for the output. Valid values are table, list, and csv.

/r EventRange
Specifies the range of events to list.


Value Description


Lists N most recent events.


Lists N oldest events.


Lists the events from N1 to N2.

Suppresses column headers in the output. Valid only for table and csv formats.

Specifies that verbose event information be displayed in the output.

/l [APPLICATION] [SYSTEM] [SECURITY] ["DNS server"] [UserDefinedLog] [DirectoryLogName] [*]
Specifies the log(s) to monitor. Valid values are Application, System, Security, "DNS server", a user-defined log, and Directory log. "DNS server" can be used only if the DNS service is running on the computer specified by the /s parameter. To specify more than one log to monitor, reuse the /l parameter. The wildcard (*) can be used and is the default.

Displays help at the command prompt.

  • To run this script, you must be running CScript. If you have not already set the default Windows Script Host to CScript, type:

    cscript //h:cscript //s //nologo


The following examples show how you can use the eventquery command:

eventquery /l system

eventquery /l mylog

eventquery /l application /l system

eventquery /s srvmain /u maindom\hiropln /p p@ssW23 /v /l *

eventquery /r 10 /l application /nh

eventquery /r -10 /fo LIST /l security

eventquery /r 5-10 /l "DNS server"

eventquery /fi "Type eq Error" /l application

eventquery /fi "Datetime eq 06/25/00,03:15:00AM/06/25/00,03:15:00PM" /l application

eventquery /fi "Datetime gt 08/03/00,06:20:00PM" /fi "id gt 700" /fi "Type eq warning" /l system

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Format Meaning


Information that the user must supply


Elements that the user must type exactly as shown

Ellipsis (...)

Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

Between brackets ([])

Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

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Code or program output

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