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syslog-ng Premium Edition 7.0.19 - Administration Guide

Preface Introduction to syslog-ng The concepts of syslog-ng Installing syslog-ng The syslog-ng PE quick-start guide The syslog-ng PE configuration file Collecting log messages — sources and source drivers
How sources work default-network-drivers: Receive and parse common syslog messages internal: Collecting internal messages file: Collecting messages from text files wildcard-file: Collecting messages from multiple text files linux-audit: Collecting messages from Linux audit logs network: Collecting messages using the RFC3164 protocol (network() driver) office365: Fetching logs from Office 365 osquery: Collect and parse osquery result logs pipe: Collecting messages from named pipes program: Receiving messages from external applications python: writing server-style Python sources python-fetcher: writing fetcher-style Python sources snmptrap: Read Net-SNMP traps syslog: Collecting messages using the IETF syslog protocol (syslog() driver) system: Collecting the system-specific log messages of a platform systemd-journal: Collecting messages from the systemd-journal system log storage systemd-syslog: Collecting systemd messages using a socket tcp, tcp6, udp, udp6: Collecting messages from remote hosts using the BSD syslog protocol udp-balancer: Receiving UDP messages at very high rate unix-stream, unix-dgram: Collecting messages from UNIX domain sockets windowsevent: Collecting Windows event logs
Sending and storing log messages — destinations and destination drivers
elasticsearch2: Sending messages directly to Elasticsearch version 2.0 or higher (DEPRECATED) elasticsearch-http: Sending messages to Elasticsearch HTTP Event Collector file: Storing messages in plain-text files hdfs: Storing messages on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) http: Posting messages over HTTP kafka: Publishing messages to Apache Kafka logstore: Storing messages in encrypted files mongodb: Storing messages in a MongoDB database network: Sending messages to a remote log server using the RFC3164 protocol (network() driver) pipe: Sending messages to named pipes program: Sending messages to external applications python: writing custom Python destinations sentinel: Sending logs to the Microsoft Azure Sentinel cloud smtp: Generating SMTP messages (email) from logs splunk-hec: Sending messages to Splunk HTTP Event Collector sql: Storing messages in an SQL database stackdriver: Sending logs to the Google Stackdriver cloud syslog: Sending messages to a remote logserver using the IETF-syslog protocol syslog-ng(): Forward logs to another syslog-ng node tcp, tcp6, udp, udp6: Sending messages to a remote log server using the legacy BSD-syslog protocol (tcp(), udp() drivers) unix-stream, unix-dgram: Sending messages to UNIX domain sockets usertty: Sending messages to a user terminal — usertty() destination Client-side failover
Routing messages: log paths, flags, and filters Global options of syslog-ng PE TLS-encrypted message transfer Advanced Log Transfer Protocol Reliability and minimizing the loss of log messages Manipulating messages parser: Parse and segment structured messages Processing message content with a pattern database Correlating log messages Enriching log messages with external data Monitoring statistics and metrics of syslog-ng Multithreading and scaling in syslog-ng PE Troubleshooting syslog-ng Best practices and examples The syslog-ng manual pages Glossary

windowsevent: Collecting Windows event logs

Event log messages collected by the Windows Event Collector for syslog-ng PE use this special source. To collect Windows event log messages, include this source in one of your source statements.

The Windows Event Collector tool for syslog-ng PE collects the log messages of Windows-based hosts in Unix datagram sockets, and then forwards them to a syslog-ng PE server over HTTPS (using TLS encryption and mutual authentication). syslog-ng PE reads the log messages using the windowsevent() source, and then parses the logs into key-value paris using the XML parser.

The XML parser uses the list-handling functionality to handle lists in the XML. Note that you cannot disable the list-handling functionality for the windowsevent() source.

For more information, see Windows Event Collector Administration Guide.

source s_wec {

Starting with version 7.0.13, the syslog-ng PEwindowsevent() source can process XML arrays and make the elements of the arrays available as name-value pairs. For example, the following XML array becomes available as name-value pairs:

<Event xmlns="">
    <Data Name="SubjectUserSid">S-1-5-18</Data>
    <Data Name="SubjectUserName">WIN-K1678A68SQ6$</Data>

From the previous example, the following name-value pairs become available: ${Event.System.EventID} (5059), ${Event.EventData.SubjectUserSid} (S-1-5-18), ${Event.EventData.SubjectUserName} (WIN-K1678A68SQ6$).


The name-value pairs are only created from EventData.Data xml paths, that is, only for <Data> tags that are the children of an <EventData> tag and have the Name attribute.

If the array-like structure is not a Data tag under EventData tag, or it misses the Name attribute, then the regular XML-parser logic is used.

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