Setting up Elasticsearch 5.x – Sending Windows Logs using WinLogbeat 5.x Part 2/3

Now that you have your Elasticsearch Stack setup on multiple servers or a single server it’s time to start sending some data over.


  • Winlogbeat – Download here (64-bit)
  • Windows hosts – Your system in which we will be collecting the logs from.

Step 1: Download and extract to c:\program files\  (Should look like the image below)

Step 2: Open the winlogbeat.yml and edit with notepad:

We will add the following under winlogbeat.event_logs:

  - name: Security
    event_id: 4740,4728,4732,4756,4735,4724,4625,4648,1102,4624,5038,6281
    ignore_older: 72h
  - name: Application
    event_id: 1000,1002,1001
    ignore_older: 72h
  - name: "Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational"
    event_id: 141,106,142,140,129
    ignore_older: 72h
  - name: System
    event_id: 104,102,1102,4719,6005,7022,7023,7024,7025,7026,7031,7032,7034,7045,4697,7022,7023,104,6
    ignore_older: 72h
  - name: "Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience/Program-Inventory"
    event_id: 903,904
    ignore_older: 72h
  - name: "Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational"
    ignore_older: 72h
  - name: "Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RDPClient/Operational,Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager/Admin,Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager/Operational"
    event_id: 23,24,25,1102
    ignore_older: 72h
  - name: "Microsoft-Windows-Windows Firewall With Advanced Security/ConnectionSecurity,Microsoft-Windows-Windows Firewall With Advanced Security/ConnectionSecurityVerbose,Microsoft-Windows-Windows Firewall With Advanced Security/Firewall,Microsoft-Windows-Windows Firewall With Advanced Security/FirewallVerbose,Microsoft-Windows-Windows Firewall With Advanced Security/Network Isolation Operational"
    event_id: 2004,2005,2006,2033,2009
    ignore_older: 72h
  - name: "Microsoft-Windows-WindowsUpdateClient/Operational"
    event_id: 20,24,25,31,34,35
    ignore_older: 72h

(Note: I’m monitoring various aspects of the windows host including Sysmon which we will install later, at the end of this article you may see a table with a list of Event ID’s along with a description of what they are).

Next, scroll down until you get to output.logstash: here you will add your logstash server information

  # The Logstash hosts
  hosts: ["elkorlogstashipaddress:5044"]
  index: winlogbeat

Save the winlogbeat.yml and exit.

Step 3: Install Winlogbeat as a service

Launch Powershell (Run as Administrator) – and enter the following:

cd "C:\Program Files\Winlogbeat"
powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted -File .\install-service-winlogbeat.ps1
Start-Service winlogbeat

Verify that the service is running.

Done! Next tutorial will focus on Kibana so you may start visualizing the data.

Below is a list of Event IDs along with a description. I have a longer list saved; however, these are the ones I believe should be monitored.

Security Logs: 

EventID Description Source
4756 A member was added to a security-enabled universal group Security
4740 A User account was Locked out Security
4735 A security-enabled local group was changed Security
4732 A member was added to a security-enabled local group Security
4728 A member was added to a security-enabled global group Security
4724 An attempt was made to reset an accounts password Security
4648 A logon was attempted using explicit credentials Security
4625 An account failed to log on Security
1102 The Audit Log was cleared System
4624 An accout was successfully logged on Security
4634 An account was logged off Security
5038 Detected an invalid image hash of a file Security
6281 Detected an invalid page hash of an image file Security

Application Logs

EventID Description Source Log Name
1000 Application Error Application
1002 Application Hang- Crash Application
1001 Application Error – Fault Bucket Application


EventID Description Source
104 Event Log Cleared System
1102 The Audit Log was cleared System
4719 System Audit Policy was changed System
6005 Event log Service Stopped System
7022-7026,7031,7032,7034 Windows Services Fails or crashes System
7045 A service was installed in the system System
4697 A service was installed in the system System
104 Event log was cleared System
6 New Kernel Filter Driver System


EventID Description Source Log Name
2005 A Rule has been modified in the WindowS firewall Exception List Firewall Microsoft-Windows-Windows Firewall With Advanced Security/Firewall
2004 Firewall Rule Add
2006, 2033 Firewall Rules Deleted

Terminal Services

EventID Description Source Log Name
23 Session Logoff Scceeded TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager/Operational
24 Session has been disconnected TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager/Operational
25 Session Reconnection Succeded TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager
1102 Client has initiated a multi-transport connection TerminalServices-ClientActiveXCor Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RDPClient/Operational

If you have any questions feel free to send me a message on Twitter  where I’ll answer quicker.

Update 8-10-2017: Microsoft has an article pertaining their suggested Events to monitor which is very useful, it can be accessed here



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3 years ago

I am so thankful for this post! I couldn’t for the life of me get my sysmon logs to show up in Elasticearch. Was able to fix it by following your guide. Thank you!!