Best practise event forwarding with multiple GPOs and event collectors

Daniel M 126 Reputation points
2021-02-24T06:52:46.537+00:00

Hi,

We've been using event collectors for some time now and we've installed more over time to balance workload an divide into tiers.

We have specified the URL to our "main" event collector which collects all system logs from all server high up in our OU structure and further down, for our important database servers, we have specified another URL to the event collector for database audits.

In order of precedence, the URL gets overwritten (not appended) and the further down we go in the OU structure we have to specify all the other event collectors URLs again to not overwrite them.

How should you we this? Should we just specify the URLs to all event collectors high up in the structure to avoid the risk of having a URL get overwritten? This puts a little more load on the event collectors when all our servers and clients checks in with all of them on a regular basis to see if there is a subscription for that particular client or server.

Thanks
/Daniel

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  1. Teemo Tang 11,366 Reputation points
    2021-02-25T02:13:56.063+00:00

    Hi Daniel,
    Microsoft has a document introducing:
    Best practice for configuring EventLog forwarding in Windows Server 2012 R2
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/windows-server/admin-development/configure-eventlog-forwarding-performance
    But in my opinion, this good article can give you more detailed and pragmatic guide, the github resource in it is worthwhile to checking.
    https://medium.com/palantir/windows-event-forwarding-for-network-defense-cb208d5ff86f

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