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Winlogbeat is a Windows specific event-log shipping agent installed as a Windows service. It can be used to collect and send event logs to one or more destinations, including Logstash.
Download the Winlogbeat Windows zip file from the official downloads page.
Extract the contents of the zip file into C:\Program Files.
Open a PowerShell prompt as an Administrator (right-click the PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator). If you are running Windows XP, you may need to download and install PowerShell.
Run the following commands to install Winlogbeat as a Windows service:
PS C:\Users\Administrator> cd 'C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat' PS C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat> .\install-service-winlogbeat.ps1 Security warning Run only scripts that you trust. While scripts from the internet can be useful, this script can potentially harm your computer. If you trust this script, use the Unblock-File cmdlet to allow the script to run without this warning message. Do you want to run C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat\install-service-winlogbeat.ps1? [D] Do not run [R] Run once [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "D"): R Status Name DisplayName ------ ---- ----------- Stopped winlogbeat winlogbeatIf script execution is disabled on your system, you need to set the execution policy for the current session to allow the script to run. For example:
PowerShell.exe -ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted -File .\install-service-winlogbeat.ps1
Configuration for Winlogbeat is found in the
winlogbeat.yml file in C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat.
In the event_logs section, specify the event logs that you want to monitor. By default, Winlogbeat is set to monitor application, security, and system logs:
winlogbeat.event_logs: - name: Application - name: Security - name: System
We'll be shipping to Logstash so that we have the option to run filters before the data is indexed.
Comment out the elasticsearch output block.
## Comment out elasticsearch output #output.elasticsearch: # hosts: ["localhost:9200"]
Uncomment and change the logstash output to match below.
output.logstash: hosts: ["your-logstash-host:your-ssl-port"] loadbalance: true ssl.enabled: true
Let's check the configuration file is syntactically correct.
PS C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat> .\winlogbeat.exe test config -c .\winlogbeat.yml -e
Ok, time to start ingesting data!
PS C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat> Start-Service winlogbeat
Winlogbeat should now be running. If you used the configuration described here, then you can view the log file at
You can view the status of the service and control it from the Services management console in Windows. To launch the management console, run this command:
PS C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat> services.msc
Stop the Winlogbeat service with the following command:
PS C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat> Stop-Service winlogbeat
Winlogbeat is a logging agent maintained by Elastic for the purposes of collecting Windows event logs. It is part of the beats family that makes up the Elastic Stack. Winlogbeat can read events from any event log channel using the Windows OS.
Windows log data once centralised in the ELK stack can be monitored for anomaly detection & other security-related incidents including unauthorised access and backdoor installations. These logs can also deliver metrics to Kibana allowing you to create visualisations & security reports easily.
If you need any further assistance with migrating your Winlogbeat logs to Logstash we're here to help you get started. Feel free to reach out by contacting our support team by visiting our dedicated Help Centre or via live chat & we'll be happy to assist.