Dropping Events

Dropping events simply with Exec

You can use the 'Exec' statement in any block and some pattern matching to drop events you don't care about. 

<Input in>
  Module im_file
  File "E:/Imports/get_accessplans/log-test.txt"
  Exec if $raw_event =~ /someThing/ drop();
</Input>

Or the inverse, with the operator !~

Dropping Events with pm_pattern

The alternative is the patternDB approach as it has some parallelization advantages you'll read about in the docs should you dig into it further. This matters when you have lots of patterns to check against.

# Set the ROOT to the folder your nxlog was installed into
define ROOT C:\Program Files (x86)\nxlog

## Default required locations based on the above
Moduledir %ROOT%\modules
CacheDir %ROOT%\data
Pidfile %ROOT%\data\nxlog.pid
SpoolDir %ROOT%\data
LogFile %ROOT%\data\nxlog.log

# Increase to DEBUG if needed for diagnosis
LogLevel INFO

# Load the JSON module needed by the output module
<Extension json>
    Module      xm_json
</Extension>

# Input the windows event logs
<Input in>
  Module      im_msvistalog
</Input>

# Process log events 
<Processor pattern>
  Module  pm_pattern
  PatternFile %ROOT%/conf/patterndb.xml
</Processor>

# Output the logs out using the TCP module, convert to JSON format (important)
<Output out>
    Module      om_tcp
    Host        some.server
    Port        6379
    Exec to_json();
</Output>

# Define the route by mapping the input to an output
<Route 1>
    Path        in => pattern => out
</Route>

And create an XML file like so:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<patterndb>

  <group>
    <name>eventlog</name>
    <id>1</id>

   <pattern>
      <id>2</id>
      <name>500s not needed</name> 
      <matchfield>
        <name>EventID</name>
        <type>exact</type>
        <value>500</value>
      </matchfield>
      <exec>drop();</exec>
    </pattern>

    
  </group>

</patterndb>


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