18 Nov 2021

The goal of this experiment was to get a LogStash instance running in Docker to copy on-premise SQL Server data to Sentinel. If your application is still emitting data only to a SQL table and no other sources are available, this is a trick to get data into Sentinel until a permanent solution has been created.

This is a first experiment, so no production ready code:

 docker run --rm -it -p5044:5044 --env xpack.monitoring.enabled=false -v /mnt/c/Users/MyUserName/pipeline/:/usr/share/logstash/pipeline/ -d docker.elastic.co/logstash/logstash:7.10.0 sh -c "logstash-plugin install microsoft-logstash-output-azure-loganalytics ; /usr/local/bin/docker-entrypoint"

What is LogStash

LogStash is part of the Elastic/LogStash/Kibana (ELK), but is also usable as a standalone tool to copy data from almost any system to any other system. So we are not limited to using Elastic as the destination, but we will be using Microsoft Sentinel in this case.

So what are we starting

We’ll start docker with some defaults and port forwarding to be able to reach the machine

docker run --rm -it -p5044:5044 

If you want to run this without monitoring, use the following to disable monitoring and hide some Elastic errors regarding server not found

--env xpack.monitoring.enabled=false 

Then we need to supply a local LogStash config path, create a pipeline folder in your user path

-v /mnt/c/Users/MyUserName/pipeline/:/usr/share/logstash/pipeline/ 

Fire up the docker image (please check for newer versions)

 -d docker.elastic.co/logstash/logstash:7.10.0 

And last, to modify the installed plugins, we add a custom shell to install the plugin (currently not installing the SQL plugin)

sh -c "logstash-plugin install microsoft-logstash-output-azure-loganalytics ; /usr/local/bin/docker-entrypoint"

The config file

input { 
    stdin { } 
    # We need to add the SQL / JDBC plugin here
filter {
  dissect {
    mapping => {
      "message" => "%{MyEvent},%{MyUser},%{MyOperation}"
output {
    microsoft-logstash-output-azure-loganalytics {
        workspace_id => "12345678-abcd-ef12-0123-abcdef12312" # <your workspace id>
        workspace_key => "YoUr123223/WoRkSpAce45676KeY123HeRe==" # <your workspace key>
        custom_log_table_name => "MyLogStash"
  stdout { codec => rubydebug }


  • Azure Sentinel up and running
  • Log Analytics Workspace ID and key
  • Running Docker instance
  • SQL Server with login


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