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How to get Windows domain log in data

Communicator

Hi All,

I am trying to collect data for Windows log on/off time, user and machine. I am running Splunk enterprise 6 on a linux. Is there any "easy" way to get this data to splunk without using forwarders or splunk app for active directory?

Thanks.

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Re: How to get Windows domain log in data

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

You can monitor a variety of Windows data without a forwarder, but there are tradeoffs to using WMI. Have you looked at the Windows data information in the Getting Data In manual? It has information about WMI and ActiveDirectory, as well as event logs, registry, host, and performance data.

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Re: How to get Windows domain log in data

Super Champion

You don't need the active directory app to monitor user authentication by the domain controllers, but you do need the windows security log on the domain controllers. WMI can work, but WMI is not as reliable as ChrisG mentioned.
Also, monitoring only domain controllers will not show you local account logon events.

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Re: How to get Windows domain log in data

Communicator

Thanks for the response! 🙂

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Super Champion

Yer welcome, but be warned. Trying to monitor logon logoff transactions with Anything is fraught with peril because Windows often times loses the logoff part. Perhaps with the 6.1 Splunk you can create a knowledge object that associates a system shutdown with a logoff, but I've not tried it.

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