Investigate: Filter and Search Results in the Events View

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Analysts can filter the results in the Events view and, by searching for events or selecting the service on which to view events, set the time range, and query meta data. 

If you opened the Events view from a Navigate view drill point, the view opens to the Detail view of events by default. Analysts who do not have permissions to use the Navigate view can query services directly from the Events view. There are several configuration options to filter the information displayed in the Events view.

Note: When an Archiver is the currently selected service in the Events view and you are searching against a Broker or Concentrator, the search is slower than if searching against a Broker or Concentrator because the data on the Archiver is compressed and there is typically more data.

Filter Events Displayed in the Events View

To filter the data displayed in the Events view:

  1. In the Investigate view, select the Events view.
    The Events view is displayed.
    Events Detail view
  2. To select a time range other than the default (Last 3 Hours), in the toolbar, click the time range field and select a value. For example, Last Hour.
    The Events view is refreshed with the selected time range.
  3. To enter a query for the selected service and time range, in the toolbar, click Query.
    The Simple Query dialog is displayed.
    Simple Query dialog
  4. If you want to enter a simple query using the auto-complete feature to select meta and operators, do one of the following:
    1. Click in the Select Meta field and select a meta key from the drop-down list.
    2. Select an operator from the drop-down list in the Operator field.
    3. Type a value to match in the Value field.
    4. Select Network, Log, or Endpoint data, and click Apply.
      The matching data is displayed in the Events view.
  5. If you want to enter a more complex query based on your knowledge of the meta and operators:
    1. Click Advanced.
      The Advanced Query dialog is displayed.
      Advanced Query dialog
    2. Type a query. As you type the query, beginning with the meta key, drop-down lists of available meta keys and operators are displayed. When finished, click Apply
  6. If you want to select a query from a list of recent queries:
    1. Select Recent.
      The Recent Query dialog is displayed.
      Recent Query dialog
    2. Select a query and click Apply.
      The matching results for the query are displayed in the Detail View in the Events view. The breadcrumb reflects the query.
    3. In the breadcrumb, you can click any of the crumbs to display the Query menu. You can insert a new query before a crumb, and append a new query to the end of breadcrumb. After each edit in the breadcrumb, NetWitness Suite refreshes the results.

Search for Events in the Events View

You can search the currently displayed data in the Events view by entering a search string in the Search field. The search string can be a regex (Regular Expression) or it can be a simple text search. provides detailed information on these search types.

To search within the currently displayed data in the Events view:

  1. To execute the search, place the cursor in the Search box, type a search string, and press Enter or click Search.
    The search results are displayed in the Events view. Events that match the search criteria are displayed in the Event view grid. In the Details view and List view, matches are highlighted in the Details column. In addition, when searching RAW, matches are highlighted in the Log view Logs column. Below is an example of the search results for the search term India in the Events Detail view. Note that search matches are not highlighted in any Event Reconstruction.
    Events Detail view after searching for "India"
  2. If you want to narrow the search, change the query and time as described above in Filter Events Displayed in the Events View.
  3. If you want to stop the search and return to the Events view, click Cancel
    Any results that are displayed remain.
  4. To clear the search box and return to the normal Events view, click the X in the search box.
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