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Often, a broad range of events (or information units as we call them) needs to be stored persistently so that you can review and analyze them if the need arises. As such, we are in need of a rule that persists the events. In our sample, we choose to work with a text log file (not a database, which we also could use). We now create a rule to store all those events not discarded by the previous rule into a log file.

 

To do so, right click the "Defaults" rule set as shown below. Then, select "Rules" and "Add Rule":

 

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Logging Events - Figure 1

 

Use a name of you choosing. In our sample, we call this rule "Write To file".This rule should process all events that remained after the initial discard rule. As such, we do not need to provide any filter condition (by default, the filter condition matches always).

 

Since we want to store all still open Events with help of this rule, we do not require any filter rules here. However, a corresponding action must be defined. Therefore, we just need to define the action:

 

To do so, expand "Write To file" and right-click "Actions". Select "Add Action", then "File Logging" as can be seen below:

 

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Logging Events - Figure 2

 

Do not modify the defaults. In our sample, we call this action "File Logging". Now the tree view contains a node "File Logging", which we select:

 

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Logging Events - Figure 3

 

Important

 

If the configured directories are missing, they are automatically created by MonitorWare Agent i.e. the folder specified in "File Path Name".

 

In our sample, we also change the file base name to "logdata". This was just done out of personal preference. There is no need to do so, but it may be convenient for a number of reasons.

 

Summary

 

What did we do so far?  All events from the Windows event log are passed through our rule engine and rule filters. Certain events are discarded and the remaining events are stored to a text file on the local disk (for later review or post-processing).

 

We can now do a quick test: Start MonitorWare Agent by hitting the start button seen below:

 

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Logging Events - Figure 4

 

The log file should be created in the path you have specified. Open it with notepad. You should see many events originating from the event log. When you re-open the log file, new events should appear (if there were any new events in the Windows event log). The file is not easily readable. Most probably, you have created it for archiving purposes or to run some external scripts against it. For review, we recommend to try free Adiscon Loganalyzer open source project.

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Please note that the current date is appended to the log file. This facilitates file management in archiving. The format is "logdata-YYYY-MM-DD.log".

 

You have now learned to define rules and actions. The following chapters thus does not cover all details of this process. If in doubt, refer back to these chapters here.