Amazon Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows
User Guide

Step 2: Install, Configure, and Run Kinesis Agent for Windows

In this step, you use the AWS Management Console to remotely connect to the instance that you launched in Create the Amazon EC2 Instance to Run Kinesis Agent for Windows. You then install Amazon Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows on the instance, create and deploy the configuration file for Kinesis Agent for Windows, and start the AWSKinesisTap service.

  1. Remotely connect to the instance via Remore Desktop Protocol (RDP) by following the instructions in Step 2: Connect to Your Instance in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Windows Instances.

  2. On the instance, use Windows Server Manager to disable Microsoft Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration for users and administrators. For more information, see How To Turn Off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration on the Microsoft TechNet website.

  3. On the instance, start Internet Explorer and navigate to

  4. Follow the instructions on the Welcome to Kinesis Agent for Windows download! webpage to download and install Kinesis Agent for Windows. Use the instructions for installing the latest version of Kinesis Agent for Windows using an elevated PowerShell session. If errors occur, retry the PowerShell command.

  5. On the instance, use Notepad to create a Kinesis Agent for Windows configuration file. Save the file to %PROGRAMFILES%\Amazon\AWSKinesisTap\appsettings.json. Add the following content to the configuration file:

    { "Sources": [ { "Id": "JsonLogSource", "SourceType": "DirectorySource", "RecordParser": "SingleLineJson", "Directory": "C:\\LogSource\\", "FileNameFilter": "*.log", "InitialPosition": 0 } ], "Sinks": [ { "Id": "FirehoseLogStream", "SinkType": "KinesisFirehose", "StreamName": "log-delivery-stream", "Region": "us-east-1", "Format": "json", "ObjectDecoration": "ComputerName={ComputerName};DT={timestamp:yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss}" } ], "Pipes": [ { "Id": "JsonLogSourceToFirehoseLogStream", "SourceRef": "JsonLogSource", "SinkRef": "FirehoseLogStream" } ] }

    This file configures Kinesis Agent for Windows to send JSON-formatted log records from files in the c:\logsource\ directory (the source) to a Kinesis Data Firehose delivery stream named log-delivery-stream (the sink). Before each log record is streamed to Kinesis Data Firehose, it is enhanced with two extra key-value pairs that contain the name of the computer and a timestamp.

  6. Create the c:\LogSource\ directory, and use Notepad to create a test.log file in that directory with the following content:

    { "Message": "Copasetic message 1", "Severity": "Information" } { "Message": "Copasetic message 2", "Severity": "Information" } { "Message": "Problem message 2", "Severity": "Error" } { "Message": "Copasetic message 3", "Severity": "Information" }
  7. In an elevated PowerShell session, use the following command to start the AWSKinesisTap service:

    Start-Service -ServiceName AWSKinesisTap
  8. Using File Explorer, browse to the %PROGRAMDATA%\Amazon\AWSKinesisTap\logs directory. Open the most recent log file. The log file should look similar to the following:

    2018-09-28 23:51:02.2472 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Registered factory Amazon.KinesisTap.AWS.AWSEventSinkFactory. 2018-09-28 23:51:02.2784 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Registered factory Amazon.KinesisTap.Windows.PerformanceCounterSinkFactory. 2018-09-28 23:51:02.5753 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Registered factory Amazon.KinesisTap.Core.DirectorySourceFactory. 2018-09-28 23:51:02.5909 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Registered factory Amazon.KinesisTap.ExchangeSource.ExchangeSourceFactory. 2018-09-28 23:51:02.5909 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Registered factory Amazon.KinesisTap.Uls.UlsSourceFactory. 2018-09-28 23:51:02.5909 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Registered factory Amazon.KinesisTap.Windows.WindowsSourceFactory. 2018-09-28 23:51:02.9347 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Registered factory Amazon.KinesisTap.Core.Pipes.PipeFactory. 2018-09-28 23:51:03.5128 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Registered factory Amazon.KinesisTap.AutoUpdate.AutoUpdateFactory. 2018-09-28 23:51:03.5440 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Performance counter sink started. 2018-09-28 23:51:03.7628 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO KinesisFirehoseSink id FirehoseLogStream for StreamName log-delivery-stream started. 2018-09-28 23:51:03.7784 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO Connected source JsonLogSource to sink FirehoseLogStream 2018-09-28 23:51:03.7940 Amazon.KinesisTap.Hosting.LogManager INFO DirectorySource id JsonLogSource watching directory C:\LogSource\ with filter *.log started.

    This log file indicates that the service has started and log records are now being collected from the c:\LogSource\ directory. Each line is parsed as a single JSON object. Key-value pairs for the computer name and timestamp are added to each object. Then it is streamed to Kinesis Data Firehose.

  9. In a minute or two, navigate to the Amazon S3 bucket that you created in Create the Amazon S3 Bucket using the AWS Management Console. Be sure that you have chosen the correct Region on the console.

    In that bucket, there is a folder for the current year. Open that folder to reveal a folder for the current month. Open that folder to reveal a folder for the current day. Open that folder to reveal a folder for the current hour (in UTC). Open that folder to reveal one or more items that start with the name log-delivery-stream.

      Screenshot demonstrating browsing for the log records in Amazon S3.
  10. Open the contents of the latest item to confirm that the log records have been successfully stored in Amazon S3 with the desired enhancements. If everything is configured correctly, the contents look similar to the following:

    {"Message":"Copasetic message 1","Severity":"Information","ComputerName":"EC2AMAZ-ABCDEFGH","DT":"2018-09-28 23:51:04"} {"Message":"Copasetic message 2","Severity":"Information","ComputerName":"EC2AMAZ-ABCDEFGH","DT":"2018-09-28 23:51:04"} {"Message":"Problem message 2","Severity":"Error","ComputerName":"EC2AMAZ-ABCDEFGH","DT":"2018-09-28 23:51:04"} {"Message":"Copasetic message 3","Severity":"Information","ComputerName":"EC2AMAZ-ABCDEFGH","DT":"2018-09-28 23:51:04"}
  11. For information about resolving any of the following issues, see Troubleshooting Amazon Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows:

    • The Kinesis Agent for Windows log file contains errors.

    • Expected folders or items in Amazon S3 do not exist.

    • The contents of an Amazon S3 item are incorrect.

Next Steps

Step 3: Query the Log Data in Amazon S3

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