• Download the Winlogbeat Windows zip file from the official downloads page.

  • Extract the contents of the zip file into C:\Program Files.

  • Rename the winlogbeat-<version> directory to Winlogbeat.

  • 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         winlogbeat
      If 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.

Configure 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:

  - name: Application
  - name: Security
  - name: System
  To obtain a list of available event logs, run Get-EventLog *

Configure output

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
#  hosts: ["localhost:9200"]

Uncomment and change the logstash output to match below.

    hosts: ["your-logstash-host:your-port"]
    loadbalance: true
    ssl.enabled: true

Validate configuration

Let's check the configuration file is syntactically correct.

PS C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat> .\winlogbeat.exe -c .\winlogbeat.yml -configtest -e

Start winlogbeat

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 C:\ProgramData\winlogbeat\Logs\winlogbeat.

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

Stopping winlogbeat

Stop the Winlogbeat service with the following command:

PS C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat> Stop-Service winlogbeat