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I want to create a printer statistic and I have a simple but powerfull XML parser. So I want to export all Events from the printer log to the XML format.

The print server runs Win2008R2. When I want to export the filtered log to XML (I have filtered event ID 307) I've got only 300 events from almost 6000.

Could you help me? I have also tried powershell to export the log, but I'am not able to get the xml structure.

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This should do the trick:

Get-WinEvent | ?{$_.id -eq 307} | Export-Clixml 307Events.xml  
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but if i use this powershell script the xml file has not the windows event xml structure and so it is not easy to parse it –  user1169051 Jan 25 '12 at 12:20

The windows utility wevtutil can do just what you're looking for. I was using it for archiving certain event-log entries into a database. The powershell based methods had several failure-modes that made iterating over a large number of events infeasible. This utility dumps the entire thing in one go, which makes offline parsing much, much faster.

wevtutil qe Security /r:DC01 /q:"*[System[((EventID=307))]]" > evtdump.xml

Specifically, the powershell methods pull events on a retail basis. As it iterates through the loop it's asking the target machine "give me the next event", which requires a lot of back-and-forth to the machine. The speed difference between the wevutil method and the powershell method was significant: it took over an hour to extract an event-log via powershell, but only 2 minutes via wevtutil.

Depends on your use-case though. If the logs you're parsing are not busy or not very large, the powershell method means you don't have to manage files as part of your script.

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Thanks! that is exactly what i am looking for, –  user1169051 Jan 25 '12 at 12:26

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