Unable to fetch the Event Log - Event Description

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Vineet Das, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. Vineet Das

    Vineet Das Guest

    I am trying to enumerate the Events from the Event Logs. While fetching the
    event description I am getting errors such as,

    The description for Event ID ( 9002 ) in Source ( Desktop Window Manager )
    cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry
    information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer.
    You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description;
    see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the
    event: .

    I am fetching the resource name from the "EventMessageFile" String value
    under the particular source type under
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application. I
    then use the LoadLibraryEx API to load the library and then pass the
    returned handle to FormatMessage API to retrieve the event description. The
    FormatMessage API is returning 0 indicating a failure. This behaviour can be
    reproduced using the native eventvwr.msc tool. I tried to test from win2k
    sp4 and winxp sp2 machines. The behaviour is same for my code as well as the
    native tool.

    Any ideas why is this logic failing.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Vineet Kumar Das
    Vineet Das, Aug 17, 2006
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  2. Vineet Das

    Vineet Das Guest

    Does anybody have any updates on this? I checked out the new native
    functions in the Windows Event Log SDK (EvtXXX functions).The Windows SDK
    requires the following:

    1.. One of the following operating systems: Windows Vista Beta 2, Windows
    Server 2003 Service Pack 2, or Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2.
    2.. Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0.

    Also, the EvtXXX functions has the following requirements,

    1.. Client: Requires Windows "Longhorn".
    2.. Server: Requires Windows Server "Longhorn".

    Is there no way i can access the Windows Vista Event Log from my Windows
    2000 machines.I even tried to get the required information using WMI. The
    WMI reported data is better but still not complete. I could fetch the
    message descriptions for some of the events but some had empty descriptions.

    This is really urgent. Could anyone please help me on this?
    Vineet Das, Aug 21, 2006
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  3. Vineet Das

    Vineet Das Guest

    Hey Jimmy! I see you have answered some of the queries regarding Event Log
    on Vista. Could you help me on this one.
    Vineet Das, Aug 23, 2006
  4. Vineet Das

    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Sorry, another user had a similar problem and I couldn't figure it out
    either. The only information I found relating to the error was in the KB
    article I posted about.

    However, I did just yesterday find out that MS re-numbered the event log
    ID's in Vista, and that these numbers are bigger than the old event log
    could display. This seems to me like it might cause problems, but I don't
    know for sure. I will see if I can get clarification.

    Just out of curiosity ... are all the ID's that downlevel clients won't
    display bigger than the ID's that it can?

    - JB

    Vista Support FAQ
    Jimmy Brush, Aug 23, 2006
  5. Vineet Das

    Vineet Das Guest

    Hi Jimmy,

    Thanks for the reply. Which IDs are talking about? I am actually unable to
    get description for all the events. The Event IDs are more or less the same
    as used in downlevel clients. For example, The event id 1025.

    I had read in some site that the Event Log architecture has changed. Is this
    creating problems? I am using the simple SDK Event Logging Functions like,
    OpenEventLog, CloseEventLog, ReadEventLog, etc for enumerating the Event on
    the Vista Machine. This works fine. But the logic for fetching the
    description is failing. As mentioned in the previous posts I am trying to
    read the description from the EventMessageFile available through the
    registry. I tried to look into the EventMessageFile resource directly using
    a resource hacker tool. I could not find any message table (string table)
    resource in that dll from where I am trying to fetch the format strings.
    This is why the logic is failing.

    So now, I am just curious as how Vista is storing the event descriptions.
    For example, check out the key
    Runtime. In this you'll find a string value
    EventMessageFile="C:\Windows\system32\mscoree.dll". Ideally this dll should
    have all the resource strings related to the events for the ".NET Runtime"
    related events. But in Vista this does not have those resources.

    Can you please confirm that Vista does not store the resource strings
    anymore in the EventMessageFile? Also, it would be great if you let me know
    how could I get these resource strings on Vista.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Vineet Kumar Das
    Vineet Das, Aug 24, 2006
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