How to Read Microsoft VPN Logs

By Terry Parker

When you use the Microsoft RAS client to create a virtual private network, or VPN, between a client computer and a server or another computer, you can check the “Enable Logging” option to save log files with connection details and event errors for later analysis. These log files won’t be saved in the usual default location for Microsoft application log files, which is a folder named “Logfiles,” just off the system root directory. With the VPN client, you must use the Event Viewer to read Microsoft VPN logs.

Click the “Start” button on your Windows desktop and right-click “Computer.”

Click the “Manage” option.

Click “Event Viewer.”

Click the “Windows Logs” entry, then click “Application” in the panel on the right.

Locate the source entries for the “RASClient” in the list. These log entries are generated from the Microsoft VPN RAS application.