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


Enables an administrator to create a custom event in a specified event log.


Eventcreate [/s Computer[/u Domain**\User[/p** Password]]{[/l {APPLICATION | SYSTEM}]| [/so SrcName]} /t {ERROR | WARNING | INFORMATION} /id EventID /d Description

  • /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 command 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.
    Specifies the name of the event log where the event will be created. The valid log names are APPLICATION and SYSTEM.
  • /so SrcName
    Specifies the source to use for the event. A valid source can be any string and should represent the application or component that is generating the event.
    Specifies the type of event to create. The valid types are ERROR, WARNING, and INFORMATION.
  • /id EventID
    Specifies the event ID for the event. A valid ID is any number from 1 to 1000.
  • /d Description
    Specifies the description to use for the newly created event.
  • /?
    Displays help at the command prompt.
  • Custom events cannot be written to the security log.

  • By default, eventcreate registers itself as the default event source for the Application log. Eventcreate can only be registered for one log at a time. If the default source is set to the Application log, any event created in the System log must have some /so source value listed explicitly.


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

eventcreate /t error /id 100 /l application /d "Create event in application log"

eventcreate /t information /id 1000 /so winmgmt /d "Create event in WinMgmt source"

eventcreate /t error /id 1000 /so winword /l application /d "new src Winword in application log"

eventcreate /s server /t error /id 100 /l application /d "Remote computer without user credentials"

eventcreate /s server /u user /p password /id 100 /t error /l application /d "Remote computer with user credentials"

eventcreate /s server1 /s server2 /u user /p password /id 100 /t error /so winmgmt /d "Creating events on Multiple remote computers"

eventcreate /s server /u domain\user /p password /t warning /l SYSTEM /so winmgmt /id 100 /d "Creating events on Multiple remote machines"

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See Also


Command-line reference A-Z
Command shell overview
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