Event ID descriptions truncated.

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

NT allows servers to be managed from NT workstations or Win9x workstations if the NT Server Tools are installed. I would not recommend using Win9x workstations for this purpose. If you must do so, be aware that viewing NT event logs using these tools will result in truncated event ID descriptions if the hidden administrative shares of the NT server with the event logs has been disabled. Event logs do not actually contain the description strings. What is actually stored in the event log is an event id and number. The corresponding description is pulled from the approproriate dlls. Disabling the hidden admin shares blocks access to the system executables with the embedded descriptions.

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