Configure Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to stream Advanced Hunting events to your Storage account

Applies to:


For the full data streaming experience available, please visit Stream Microsoft Defender XDR events | Microsoft Learn.

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Before you begin

  1. Create a Storage account in your tenant.

  2. Sign in to your Azure tenant, go to Subscriptions > Your subscription > Resource Providers > Register to Microsoft.insights.

Enable raw data streaming

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Defender portal as a Global Administrator or Security Administrator.

  2. Go to Data export settings page in Microsoft Defender XDR.

  3. Select on Add data export settings.

  4. Choose a name for your new settings.

  5. Choose Forward events to Azure Storage.

  6. Type your Storage Account Resource ID. In order to get your Storage Account Resource ID, go to your Storage account page on Azure portal > properties tab > copy the text under Storage account resource ID:

    The Event Hubs with resource ID1

  7. Choose the events you want to stream and select Save.

The schema of the events in the Storage account

  • A blob container is created for each event type:

    The Event Hubs with resource ID2

  • The schema of each row in a blob is the following JSON:

      "time": "<The time WDATP received the event>"
      "tenantId": "<Your tenant ID>"
      "category": "<The Advanced Hunting table name with 'AdvancedHunting-' prefix>"
      "properties": { <WDATP Advanced Hunting event as Json> }
  • Each blob contains multiple rows.

  • Each row contains the event name, the time Defender for Endpoint received the event, the tenant it belongs (you get events only from your tenant), and the event in JSON format in a property called "properties".

  • For more information about the schema of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint events, see Advanced Hunting overview.

  • In Advanced Hunting, the DeviceInfo table has a column named MachineGroup which contains the group of the device. Here, every event is decorated with this column as well. For more information, see Device Groups.


    Device group creation is supported in Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 and Plan 2.

Data types mapping

In order to get the data types for our events properties do the following:

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Defender XDR and go to Advanced Hunting page.

  2. Run the following query to get the data types mapping for each event:

    | getschema
    | project ColumnName, ColumnType
  • Here's an example for Device Info event:

    The Event Hubs with resource ID3


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