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EventLog.Exists Method (String, String)

Determines whether the log exists on the specified computer.

Namespace:  System.Diagnostics
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public static bool Exists(
	string logName,
	string machineName
)

Parameters

logName
Type: System.String
The log for which to search. Possible values include: Application, Security, System, other application-specific logs (such as those associated with Active Directory), or any custom log on the computer.
machineName
Type: System.String
The name of the computer on which to search for the log, or "." for the local computer.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the log exists on the specified computer; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The machineName parameter is an invalid format. Make sure you have used proper syntax for the computer on which you are searching.

-or-

The logName is null or the value is empty.

Use this method to determine if a log exists on a remote computer. If you want to determine whether a source exists on a remote computer, use SourceExists.

Because this method accesses the registry, you must have the appropriate registry permissions on the specified computer; otherwise, the query returns false.

Because you cannot give a new log the name of an existing log on the same computer, use this method before creating a new log to determine if one with the specified logName already exists on the server specified by the machineName parameter. The logName and machineName parameters are not case sensitive.

Exists is a static method, so it can be called on the class itself. It is not necessary to create a new instance of EventLog to call Exists.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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