Specific event to monitor and save.

Hi i need some help. google have not been sucessful in doing so.


im trying to create a simple powershell script that will get the specific event from Security logs evenID 12 and 29.

so i created this.

$number = 1

Do {

$computer = Get-Content ‘\****\NETLOGON\Files\Smartakort events\servrar.txt’

foreach ($Machine in $computer )


Get-Eventlog -Logname Security -ComputerName $Machine -newest 1000 |

Where-Object {$_.EventID -eq ‘19’}

Format-Table MachineName, Source, EventID, Message -auto


write-host “Run” $number


sleep 60

} While ($number -le ‘1440’)

now this work for the 1 even. but if i wanna get 2 event IDs i have tried a number of Diffrent ways but im only geting 0 result an error are only one of the two queries.

exmp: Where-Object {$_.EventID -eq ‘19’ -or ‘29’} i even tried doing the Where-Object statment twice. to no result.

is it just the way powershell work that it cant in this instance sort multiple values from the result of “get-events”


thanks for all the help i can get.


Piping Get-EventLog to Where-Object could be painfully slow since there are a lot of objects to evaluate. Get-EventLog has a parameter InstanceID that will take an array of Event ID numbers. Recommend you use that instead. I prefer Get-WinEvent thought because it can read the newer Windows logs. Here is an example of how you can use either one in your situation.

#Using Get-WinEvent
$Filter = @{
    Logname = "Security"
    ID      = 12, 29
Get-WinEvent -FilterHashtable $Filter

#Using Get-EventLog
Get-EventLog -LogName Security -InstanceId 12, 29

Recommend reviewing docs:


WinEvent queries with filterhashtable



thanks alot, that worked great. did just what i wanted. and thanks for the little lesson that speeded up the process by alot.


Get-WinEvent using a hash table as Mike has pointed out will be substantially faster then Get-EventLog. In my opinion, you should only use Get-EventLog if your Powershell version does not support Get-WinEvent.

Just my $.02

Also, you wrote: exmp: Where-Object {$_.EventID -eq ’19’ -or ’29’} i even tried doing the Where-Object statment twice. to no result.

I do believe you should have used {$.EventID -eq ’19’ -or $.EventID -eq ’29’}

TonyD05 makes a great point regarding logic operators -or in this case. I see this error all the time. When you use a logic operator, both sides of the operator must independently evaluate to $true or $false. Any value other than 0, “” or $null will evaluate to $true.

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> [bool]29

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> [bool]0

So in essence your Where-Object clause would evaluate to {$_ -eq 19 -or $true} meaning that came over the pipeline would continue down the pipe since only one side of the -or needs to be true.