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ERROR WinEventLogChannel - initOld: Failed to initialize checkpoint for Windows Event Log channel 'Security' Host is no longer forwarding WinEventLog:Security to the Linux indexer.

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

All of a sudden my 4.0.9 Splunk server is no longer forwarding the WinEventLog:Security logs onto my 4.1.4 Linux indexer. This was working fine and I can see the communication is established between the 2 systems. What's at issue?

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Re: ERROR WinEventLogChannel - initOld: Failed to initialize checkpoint for Windows Event Log channel 'Security' Host is no longer forwarding WinEventLog:Security to the Linux indexer.

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

This is a known defect, SPL-31339: WinEventLog:Security logs stop getting indexed and Splunkd.log displays the following errors:

ERROR WinEventLogChannel - initOld: Failed to initialize checkpoint for Windows Event Log channel 'Security' ERROR WinEventLogInputProcessor - main-thread: Failed to initialize Windows Event Log 'Security'

This is likely due the Windows host not shutting down properly and the %SPLUNK_HOME%\var\lib\splunk\persistentstorage\WinEventLog\Security_checkpoint file is empty (size =1KB)

The workaround is to shutdown Splunk on the Windows host, remove the file and restart Splunk to create a new Security_checkpoint file. This will allow the security logs to start indexing again.

This defect is fixed in 4.1.4 (see http://www.splunk.com/base/Documentation/latest/ReleaseNotes/4.1.4) For 4.0.x, the fix is not currently planned and the workaround should be implemented.

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