How can I query windows server events between two times of any day? I have tried with PowerShell...

Get-EventLog -Logname xxxx -After 04:00:00 -Before 04:00:30

...but just returns today's events

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To find events between two times at any day we'll want to use a regex. Example code to find any event that happened between 04:00:00 and 04:29:59 of any day in the System log:

Get-EventLog -LogName System | ?{$_.TimeGenerated -match "04:[0-2][0-9]:[0-5][0-9]"}
  • Thanks Mikael, but how can I ask the same query for ANY day (if possible) in an elegant way?
    – jreinap
    Jan 28, 2019 at 11:37
  • Initial reply updated to actually answer the question.
    – Mikael H
    Jan 28, 2019 at 13:14
  • @MikaelH, That's great. Can you explain more about the regex part (04:[0-2][0-9]:[0-5][0-9])? for example if my time range is 04:00:55 - 05:12:03 then how to modify the regex?
    – Arani
    Jan 29, 2019 at 6:09
  • @Tom, Each bracket represents the allowed range for a single character in the TimeGenerated field. For the first example given, I knew that we'll always want to look within hour number 4, i.e. "04". To also include events from hour number 5, we'd replace "04:" with "0[4-5]:". The next part of your request gets significantly more hairy: We'd need to program our "where" query ("?") to include only the last five seconds of the minute "4:00:", and only the first three seconds of the minute "5:12:".I'd define these non-general qualifications in "or", or "and not" clauses next to the main one.
    – Mikael H
    Jan 29, 2019 at 9:02
  • @Tom, Just to illustrate my point, the first part of your query would look something like this: Get-EventLog -LogName System | ?{$_.TimeGenerated -match "04:00:5[5-9]" -or $_.TimeGenerated -match "04:0[1-9]:\d\d" -or $_.TimeGenerated -match "04:[1-5][0-9]:\d\d"}
    – Mikael H
    Jan 29, 2019 at 9:15

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