How to check event logs in Windows Server 2012?
Step 1 -Hover mouse over bottom left corner of desktop to make the Start button appear
Step 2 -Right click on the Start button and select Control Panel → System Security and double-click Administrative Tools
Step 3 -Double-click Event Viewer
Step 4 -Select the type of logs that you wish to review (ex: Application, System, etc.)
NOTE: To access the Application Logs in Event Viewer, go to Windows Logs → Application, for shutdown errors refer to Application and System logs.