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Is it possible on Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 machines to see which user rebooted the server?

I have found the shutdown event in the System event log, but it does not show which user initiated the reboot.

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Who's on first? –  Wesley Apr 26 '12 at 10:15
No, What rebooted the server. Who installed the malware. –  Bart Silverstrim Apr 26 '12 at 13:38
Was more than one person logged in at the time? –  Harry Johnston Apr 30 '12 at 2:40
So who was it that restarted the server? –  KJ-SRS May 1 '12 at 14:58

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In the System event log, filter by event id 1074, this will show by which process and on behalf of which user a reboot was initiated.

This was tested on Windows Server 2008.

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Also works on Windows Server 2003 (SP 2) –  Deruijter Jul 17 '13 at 8:20

There should be a log at:


(which should be C:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\Shutdown on a "standard" Windows Server 2000/2003 install)

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That folder does not exist on Windows Server 2008. –  joar Apr 26 '12 at 9:59
well you did specify for 2000/2003 as well :) –  Lucas Kauffman Apr 26 '12 at 10:10
I give you that! –  joar Nov 4 '12 at 20:35

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