One of my students recently asked how to configure his system for occasional access to view Event Viewer on a remote system. While you can take the time to enable and configure either Remote Desktop or an Event Collection Subscription both of these options can be complex and require pre-planning and configuration on both systems. You can review my blogs for creating Remote Assistance or Remote Desktop sessions(including firewall elements) for details creating more comprehensive access.
For occasional access I recommend using the Microsoft Management Console and configuring a Snap-In for access to desired features on the remote system. The process is extremely simple.
1. Launch Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe) with elevated permissions (run as Administrator) on your local system.
- Select the Snap-In for the feature that you want to manage on the remote device. Based on my student’s question, I selected the Event Viewer for this blog. Then I selected Another Computer.
Then you may either enter the Computer name (FQDN unless on the same domain) or Browse to find the remote computer.
- You may be prompted for credentials (user ID and password with administrative rights on the remote system. After entering appropriate credentials, and waiting a few moments for connection to occur, you will have an MMC toolbox that contains the Event Viewer Snap-In with the remote host name listed beside the Event Viewer tool.
Save the Tool by using the OK button. Then you may launch and us the MMC Snap-In to manage the remote system for each feature selected.
NOTE: You need to assure that remote services are running, and the appropriate firewall access has been allowed for remote access to the tools you wish to use.
Steve teaches PMP: Project Management Fundamentals and Professional Certification, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and CompTIA classes in Phoenix, Arizona.