Once again about custom columns – extracting details from Application or System event logs

In my article “Exploring who logged on the system“, I described how to add to the event list custom columns that display data from the event description. Probably you might think that adding custom columns works for Security event logs only. Although we initially designed Custom columns feature exactly for Security logs (and referred them by name, e.g. Subject\Account name), we made it possible to use… Read More »

Advanced filtering. How to filter events by event description

A key instrument for event logs analysis is the function of event filtering. All known event log analysis tools have filtering feature, and I suppose, it is the most demanded feature of these applications. Setting filter for the most of event fields is easy. As a rule, all the event log applications let you filter by timeframe, event level, source, event IDs, users or computers… Read More »

Logon type – what does it mean?

In my previous post, I explained how to display logon type for logon events in Security log and described meaning of some values. Here I will give you more information about logon types. The descriptions of some events (4624, 4625) in Security log commonly contain some information about “logon type”, but it is too brief: The logon type field indicates the kind of logon that occurred.… Read More »

Exploring who logged on the system

One of the most important tasks in the security event log analysis is to find out who or what logs your system on. Here I will explain how Event Log Explorer helps you to solve this task. First, you need to make sure that Windows security auditing is enabled for logon events. You can do this using Local Security Policy or Group Policy, depending on… Read More »