reading windows event logs

EW ericwoodworth at
Wed Nov 25 21:22:55 CET 2009

Hi All,
     I'm looking for some guidance on a better way to read eventlogs
from windows servers.  I've written a handy little app that relies on
WMI to pull the logs an in all my testing it worked great.  When I
deployed it, however, WMI choked on servers with a lot of logs.  I've
tried pulling the logs using much smaller VB scripts as well and they
still failed, so I'm pretty sure I'm facing a WMI problem and not a
python or system resources problem.  So I couldn't effectively get
logs off of domain controllers for example or file servers that had
auditing turned on.  Sadly those are exactly the types of servers
whose logs are most interesting.

     So I'm looking for suggestions on a way to grab that data without
using WMI for remote machines.  I know MS has C libraries for this but
I haven't touched C for 10 years so I'm hoping there's a python
equivalent out there somewhere.  Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any help,

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