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I would like to filter Windows event viewer logs for a specific word. I understand how to filter and create a custom view for errors etc but this is for a specific word. Its 2008R2
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Question by:Sid_F
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by:Pradeep Dubey
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Below link will help you to create and save a filter with a specific word.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/09/26/advanced-xml-filtering-in-the-windows-event-viewer.aspx
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by:Sid_F
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Yes I have seen this link but its not quite clear what I need to do to search by the keyword

When I go to xml in filter current log, the log I want to search in is system and the word I want to search for is Winforce. Hopefully someone can tell me what I need to edit below or anything else I need to add. Thanks.


<QueryList>
  <Query Id="0" Path="System">
    <Select Path="System">*</Select>
  </Query>
</QueryList>
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by:Felix Leven
ID: 39829110
     <QueryList> 
           <Query Id="0"> 
              <Select Path="System"> 
                 *[EventData[Data and (Data='Winforce')]] 
              </Select> 
           </Query> 
      </QueryList>

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by:Pradeep Dubey
ID: 39829161
<QueryList>
           <Query Id="0">
              <Select Path="System">*[EventData[Data and (Data=Winforce)]]
                </Select>
           </Query>
      </QueryList>


The line you have to edit is given below

<Select Path="System">*[EventData[Data and (Data=Winforce)]]

You can edit as per your requirement.
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by:Sid_F
ID: 39829173
It returned no results. Just to clarify the word winforce is in the general description details for these events. Winforce is a service and in the description tab it displays the winforce service has entered the stopped state.
What I want to do is list all the events where this has occured. I have copied the exact command above but as mentioned there are no results.
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by:Felix Leven
ID: 39829209
My Example:

Broader Filtering:

Say you wanted to filter on events involving windforce but were unsure if it would be in SubjectUserName, TargetUserName, or somewhere else. You don’t need to specify the specific name that the data can be in, but just search that some data in <EventData> contains Windforce.
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by:michaelalphi
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Check this link in order to filter windows event viewer logs for a specific word : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd630944.aspx .
Though, these manual process is a bit complicated and does not ensure about the filter option for a specific word. However, you can have a look for an automated solution which define and filter with the option to filer with specific word or whatever depends upon your requirement. Check this link : http://www.windowseventlogmonitor.com/
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by:Sid_F
ID: 39832601
The first link highlights creating a custom log which does not detail by keyword so does not apply. I want to avoid any third party products. It's surprising this seems so difficult to do : )
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by:Felix Leven
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<QueryList>
           <Query Id="0">
              <Select Path="System">
                 *[EventData[Data and (Data='Winforce')]]
              </Select>
           </Query>
      </QueryList>

You must change "System" to the eventlog you want to filter Application/System/Security, not possible to use the same filter for all logs!

EventView MAY add a second line in the beginning, you also have to change the logname there!

Example:
<QueryList>
  <Query Id="0" Path="Security">
    <Select Path="Security">
*[EventData[Data and (Data='Winforce')]]
</Select>
  </Query>
</QueryList>

I used this my self now and it works.
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Pradeep Dubey earned 2000 total points
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You can use a small software and view things as you need...

Its Free and useful.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html
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by:Sid_F
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This software did the job thanks.
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