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How can I automate clearing the Application, Security, and System logs on Windows 2000 and Windows NT servers?

ClearEL is a free command-line utility that you can download from TNT Software (http://www.tntsoftware .com/products/free_ce.asp). ClearEL clears a specified local log. EventSave, a utility from Frank Heyne Software (http://www.heysoft.de), lets you clear logs on remote computers. Both programs use the Win32 API. Because of how the Win32 API behaves, both programs create a mandatory backup file of the log. If you don't want the backup files, you'll need a second step in your process to delete them.