community.windows.win_eventlog module – Manage Windows event logs

Note

This module is part of the community.windows collection (version 1.11.1).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install community.windows.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.windows.win_eventlog.

Synopsis

  • Allows the addition, clearing and removal of local Windows event logs, and the creation and removal of sources from a given event log. Also allows the specification of settings per log and source.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

category_file

path

For one or more sources specified, the path to a custom category resource file.

maximum_size

string

The maximum size of the event log.

Value must be between 64KB and 4GB, and divisible by 64KB.

Size can be specified in KB, MB or GB (e.g. 128KB, 16MB, 2.5GB).

message_file

path

For one or more sources specified, the path to a custom event message resource file.

name

string / required

Name of the event log to manage.

overflow_action

string

The action for the log to take once it reaches its maximum size.

For DoNotOverwrite, all existing entries are kept and new entries are not retained.

For OverwriteAsNeeded, each new entry overwrites the oldest entry.

For OverwriteOlder, new log entries overwrite those older than the retention_days value.

Choices:

  • "DoNotOverwrite"

  • "OverwriteAsNeeded"

  • "OverwriteOlder"

parameter_file

path

For one or more sources specified, the path to a custom parameter resource file.

retention_days

integer

The minimum number of days event entries must remain in the log.

This option is only used when overflow_action is OverwriteOlder.

sources

list / elements=string

A list of one or more sources to ensure are present/absent in the log.

When category_file, message_file and/or parameter_file are specified, these values are applied across all sources.

state

string

Desired state of the log and/or sources.

When sources is populated, state is checked for sources.

When sources is not populated, state is checked for the specified log itself.

If state is clear, event log entries are cleared for the target log.

Choices:

  • "absent"

  • "clear"

  • "present" ← (default)

See Also

See also

community.windows.win_eventlog_entry

The official documentation on the community.windows.win_eventlog_entry module.

Examples

- name: Add a new event log with two custom sources
  community.windows.win_eventlog:
    name: MyNewLog
    sources:
      - NewLogSource1
      - NewLogSource2
    state: present

- name: Change the category and message resource files used for NewLogSource1
  community.windows.win_eventlog:
    name: MyNewLog
    sources:
      - NewLogSource1
    category_file: C:\NewApp\CustomCategories.dll
    message_file: C:\NewApp\CustomMessages.dll
    state: present

- name: Change the maximum size and overflow action for MyNewLog
  community.windows.win_eventlog:
    name: MyNewLog
    maximum_size: 16MB
    overflow_action: DoNotOverwrite
    state: present

- name: Clear event entries for MyNewLog
  community.windows.win_eventlog:
    name: MyNewLog
    state: clear

- name: Remove NewLogSource2 from MyNewLog
  community.windows.win_eventlog:
    name: MyNewLog
    sources:
      - NewLogSource2
    state: absent

- name: Remove MyNewLog and all remaining sources
  community.windows.win_eventlog:
    name: MyNewLog
    state: absent

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this module:

Key

Description

entries

integer

The count of entries present in the event log.

Returned: success

Sample: 50

exists

boolean

Whether the event log exists or not.

Returned: success

Sample: true

maximum_size_kb

integer

Maximum size of the log in KB.

Returned: success

Sample: 512

name

string

The name of the event log.

Returned: always

Sample: "MyNewLog"

overflow_action

string

The action the log takes once it reaches its maximum size.

Returned: success

Sample: "OverwriteOlder"

retention_days

integer

The minimum number of days entries are retained in the log.

Returned: success

Sample: 7

sources

list / elements=string

A list of the current sources for the log.

Returned: success

Sample: ["MyNewLog", "NewLogSource1", "NewLogSource2"]

sources_changed

list / elements=string

A list of sources changed (e.g. re/created, removed) for the log; this is empty if no sources are changed.

Returned: always

Sample: ["NewLogSource2"]

Authors

  • Andrew Saraceni (@andrewsaraceni)