View the security log

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


To view the security log

  1. Open Event Viewer.

  2. In the console tree, click Security. The details pane lists individual security events.

  3. If you want to see more details about a specific event, in the details pane, double-click the event.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Event Viewer, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Event Viewer.

  • For more information about security events, see "Security Events" at the Microsoft Windows Resource Kits Web site

See Also


Auditing Security Events
Auditing Policy
Settings for Event Logs
Understanding event logging options