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Sending Windows Event Logs using NXLog Community Edition

A recommended solution for sending logs from Windows is to use NXLog Community Edition.

The exact steps are following:

Step 1: Install NXLog

Head to NXlog Community Edition download page, download the MSI package and install it.

Step 2: Prepare the config

Open the config file which by default is installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\nxlog\conf\nxlog.conf and add following entries (administrator privileges are needed to do so).

Note
Please replace LOGSENSE_TOKEN with the value available in User portal.
<Input msevents>
    Module         im_msvistalog
    Query <QueryList> \
	    <Query Id="0"> \
	        <Select Path="Application">*</Select> \
	        <Select Path="System">*</Select> \
	        <Select Path="Security">*</Select> \
			<Select Path="Directory Service">*</Select> \
	   </Query> \
    </QueryList>

    Exec to_syslog_ietf();

    Exec $raw_event = to_json();
    Exec $raw_event = replace($raw_event, $raw_event, '[][LOGSENSE_TOKEN]' + $raw_event);
</Input>

<Output logsense>
    Module          om_ssl
    Host            logs.logsense.com
    Port            32614
    AllowUntrusted  TRUE
</Output>

<Route logsense_msevents>
    Path msevents => logsense
</Route>

<Extension json>
    Module    xm_json
</Extension>

In case you are using non-standard environment, make sure that the required modules are also present:

<Extension _syslog>
    Module    xm_syslog
</Extension>

<Extension _charconv>
    Module    xm_charconv
    AutodetectCharsets iso8859-2, utf-8, utf-16, utf-32
</Extension>

<Extension _exec>
    Module    xm_exec
</Extension>

Step 3: Start the service

Open the Services console as (either by going to Control Panel → System and Security → Administrative Tools → Services. or by executing services.msc in the Command Prompt) and start nxlog service. If you’d like the service to start automatically after the reboot you can change the Startup Type to Automatic.

If it starts without errors, it should start sending records to logsense.com, where they should be visible in the logs view (you can put into search box logs.SourceModuleName=msevents to filter for them).

In case of troubleshooting, nxlog logs are available at C:\Program Files (x86)\nxlog\data\nxlog.log, assuming you have used the default installation folder.