I have an extended event that tracks and filters login events from specific users. The filter is something like this:

WHERE (([sqlserver].[nt_user]=N'fredJohnson') OR ([sqlserver].[nt_user]=N'sallySmith')))

What I would really like to do is use an IN, and have it filter off a much larger list of users. I have these usernames stored in a table. I want to go the subquery route because this EE will be pushed to many different databases with many different users. So for example, I would want it to do something like this, where the lname column is a list of a few hundred users from a table:

   WHERE (([sqlserver].[nt_user]=N'Select lname from @Tbl')))

But it doesn't works. Any ideas how to pull this off?

The full EE i'm trying to modify:

ADD EVENT sqlserver.login(
    WHERE (([sqlserver].[nt_user]=N'Select lname from @Tbl')))

  • Have you tried `[nt_user] IN (Select lname from @Tbl)? – Lennart Jul 23 '20 at 20:09
  • I did and unfortunately it doesn't like IN as part of the syntax, even if I tried to do only two hardcoded options. – datadawg2000 Jul 23 '20 at 20:47

No. Extended Event filters can't run queries. Extended event filters need to be very cheap, so you should favor over-collecting events to over-filtering them.

  • appreciate it, any thoughts then on filtering from an NT_Group instead of an NT_User? My main goal is to track when a member of an NT_group logs into to a database. I was trying to use a table populated by xp_logininfo data to do this, because I don't see an nt_group option. – datadawg2000 Jul 23 '20 at 20:32
  • If the user has access through a group the logon event still shows the user's individual identity, not the group. – David Browne - Microsoft Jul 23 '20 at 20:51
  • That is ok for my purposes, but I am hoping to collect only the logins from that group. I only need to filter behind the scenes. For example, to filter from an AD group called 'Domain\DB_Group', even if the events only show that individual user login when recorded. This way, only login events relevant to me will show up in my event_file – datadawg2000 Jul 23 '20 at 20:57
  • Collect them all and filter them later. Logon is not a high-velocity event. – David Browne - Microsoft Jul 23 '20 at 20:58
  • Wouldn't the filtering be the same though, where on the event_file, I can only filter where nt_username = 'specificname', rather than filtering members of an AD group, because that field isn't being captured? It is confusing because if I can filter logins to a specific database, it should be the same impact as filtering members of an AD group – datadawg2000 Jul 23 '20 at 21:13

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