Monitor Event Log
The Monitor Event Log activity invokes runbooks when new events that match a filter that you specify appear in the Windows Event Log. You can use the Monitor Event Log activity to run runbooks that will escalate, investigate, or correct any issues in response to events being generated to the Windows Event Log. For example, a security audit failure appears in the security log which will send an email to an administrator to notify them of the problem. The second mode invokes your runbook when the size of the Windows Event Log reaches the maximum size allowed.
Before you configure the Monitor Event Log activity, you need to determine the following:
Name of the event log you are monitoring
Details about the events that will invoke the runbook
Use the following steps to configure the Monitor Event Log activity.
To configure the Monitor Event Log activity
From the Activity pane, drag a Monitor Event Log activity to the runbook.
Double-click the Monitor Event Log activity icon to open the Properties dialog box.
Configure the settings on the Details tab and on the Advanced tab. Configuration instructions are listed in the following tables.
Type the name of the computer that stores the Windows Event Log that you want to monitor. You can also browse for the computer using the ellipsis (...) button. The runbook server that runs this activity must have the appropriate rights to monitor the Windows Event Log on that computer.
Type the name of the Windows Event Log that you are monitoring. You can also browse for the Windows Event Log using the ellipsis (...) button. Windows includes three Event Logs by default: Application, Security, and System. The computer that you are connecting to may contain other Event Logs.
The list shows all the filters that have been configured to filter the events that are generated in the log that you have specified. To edit or remove an item in the list, select it and click Edit or Remove as applicable.
To add an event filter
The following table lists the published data items.
Event log name
The name of the Windows Event Log being monitored.
The name of the computer where the Windows Event Log is stored.
Log entry description
The text that is contained in the Event Log entry description.
Log Entry ID
The ID of the Event Log entry.
Log Entry source
The source of the event.
Log Entry computer
The computer where the event occurred.
Log Entry type
The type of event.
Log Entry date
The date the event was logged.
Log Entry time
The time the event was logged.