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How do you filter windows logs by level?

crsupportddc
Explorer

Is there any way to get only critical and error logs from Windows?

I mean, Windows generates logs using different levels (Critical, Warning, Error, Information...) and I don't want the Information logs on Splunk, so I would like to configure the forwarder to not send them.

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whrg
Motivator

Hello @crsupportddc,

So I assume the Windows events (which are multiline) contain this line which you want to base your filter on:

Type=Information

Check out this page on how to filter specific events: Discard specific events and keep the rest.

On your heavy forwarder/indexer (whatever system comes after the Universal Forwarder), add the following lines to props.conf:

[WinEventLog:Application]
TRANSFORMS-filter = filter_information
[WinEventLog:Security]
TRANSFORMS-filter = filter_information
[WinEventLog:System]
TRANSFORMS-filter = filter_information

WinEventLog:Application, WinEventLog:Security and WinEventLog:System refer to the sourcetypes.

And add the following lines to transforms.conf:

[filter_information]
REGEX = Type=Information
DEST_KEY = queue
FORMAT = nullQueue

Do not forget to restart Splunk after making these changes.

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whrg
Motivator

Hello @crsupportddc,

So I assume the Windows events (which are multiline) contain this line which you want to base your filter on:

Type=Information

Check out this page on how to filter specific events: Discard specific events and keep the rest.

On your heavy forwarder/indexer (whatever system comes after the Universal Forwarder), add the following lines to props.conf:

[WinEventLog:Application]
TRANSFORMS-filter = filter_information
[WinEventLog:Security]
TRANSFORMS-filter = filter_information
[WinEventLog:System]
TRANSFORMS-filter = filter_information

WinEventLog:Application, WinEventLog:Security and WinEventLog:System refer to the sourcetypes.

And add the following lines to transforms.conf:

[filter_information]
REGEX = Type=Information
DEST_KEY = queue
FORMAT = nullQueue

Do not forget to restart Splunk after making these changes.

crsupportddc
Explorer

Thank you for the help.
I managed to create a blacklist and avoid some specific logs but I'll implement what you mentioned to completely ignore the Information logs.

whrg
Motivator

Filtering by blacklisting specific EventCodes works as well. Good thinking.

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