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I am unable to figure out the way to capture only those failed logins, which have failed with the error:

Login failed for user X. The password did not match...

Yes I can read that info out from SQL Server error logs and Event Viewer, but the problem is on some servers due to space constraints we are not keeping frequent error logs.

Moreover, what I am trying to achieve here is to find the culprit host or application which is trying to connect with a bad password and later gets the account locked out. Therefore after some time when we try to review the error log messages are full with lock out, but basic password mismatch error log is truncated.

Is there a way to only capture/track and save the information related to bad password attempts for those logins and capturing required details?

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You should be able to setup an extended event and use either the generic error_reported event or process_login_finish (I'm not sure if process_login_finish is available in SQL Server 2014).

There's an article detailing a few different options at Using Extended Events to review SQL Server failed logins written in 2014 by Ivan Stankovic.

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This error:

Login failed for user X. The password did not match...

is an error event with message text that corresponds to message id: 18456 in the sys.messages table.

select * from sys.messages where language_id=1033 and message_id=18456

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Now as all the various kind of events related information gets stored in the default trace in SQL Server, and as your requirement is to just capture events of type Login Failure due to password mismatch, which as I said earlier is nothing but message id 18456, you can get this information using below query:

SELECT *
FROM    sys.fn_trace_gettable(CONVERT(VARCHAR(150), 
( SELECT TOP 1 f.[value]
  FROM    sys.fn_trace_getinfo(NULL) f
  WHERE   f.property = 2
   )), DEFAULT) T
 JOIN sys.trace_events TE ON T.EventClass = TE.trace_event_id
WHERE Error=18456 

Above query will give all the login failures of type 18456 so to eliminate the duplicate records use distinct something like this:

SELECT distinct(cast(TextData as nvarchar(max))) 
FROM    sys.fn_trace_gettable(CONVERT(VARCHAR(150), 
( SELECT TOP 1 f.[value]
  FROM    sys.fn_trace_getinfo(NULL) f
  WHERE   f.property = 2
   )), DEFAULT) T
 JOIN sys.trace_events TE ON T.EventClass = TE.trace_event_id
WHERE Error=18456  

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Now you have got just what you want to capture so create a job to save this output in some AuditTable of some AuditDatabase every few minutes.

Note

Read the small overview below to understand why it's important to save the data you are querying from default trace (Hint: Default trace does not hold the same data forever)

From Collecting the Information in the Default Trace by Feodor Georgiev:

The default trace is a system-defined trace which consists of 5 files, each one of 20 MB which reside in the SQL Server directory. These files are used as a circular buffer that records a large number of events. Information in this circular buffer will be deleted after a while, since the oldest file is deleted on restart, or when the current file reaches 20Mb in size. In a busy OLTP system this could be a matter of minutes. There are quite a few events collected, and on a busy server the 5 files, 20 MB each, will be rolled over very fast.

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Community wiki answer:

These will show up in the ring buffer with extra information, see Connectivity troubleshooting in SQL Server 2008 with the Connectivity Ring Buffer by the Microsoft SQL Server Protocols team.

SELECT CAST(record AS XML) FROM sys.dm_os_ring_buffers
WHERE ring_buffer_type = 'RING_BUFFER_CONNECTIVITY' 

You can also read the error log using EXEC sp_readerrorlog every few hours and save those records in a table. You can pass start and end times to this procedure, that way you do not have read what you already processed. See Reading All Available SQL Error logs by Taiob Ali.

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