Work with advanced hunting query results

Applies to:

  • Microsoft Threat Protection


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While you can construct your advanced hunting queries to return very precise information, you can also work with the query results to gain further insight and investigate specific activities and indicators. You can take the following actions on your query results:

  • View results as a table or chart
  • Export tables and charts
  • Drill down to detailed entity information
  • Tweak your queries directly from the results or apply filters

View query results as a table or chart

By default, advanced hunting displays query results as tabular data. You can also display the same data as a chart. Advanced hunting supports the following views:

View type Description
Table Displays the query results in tabular format
Column chart Renders a series of unique items on the x-axis as vertical bars whose heights represent numeric values from another field
Stacked column chart Renders a series of unique items on the x-axis as stacked vertical bars whose heights represent numeric values from one or more other fields
Pie chart Renders sectional pies representing unique items. The size of each pie represents numeric values from another field.
Donut chart Renders sectional arcs representing unique items. The length of each arc represents numeric values from another field.
Line chart Plots numeric values for a series of unique items and connects the plotted values
Scatter chart Plots numeric values for a series of unique items
Area chart Plots numeric values for a series of unique items and fills the sections below the plotted values

Construct queries for effective charts

When rendering charts, advanced hunting automatically identifies columns of interest and the numeric values to aggregate. To get meaningful charts, construct your queries to return the specific values you want to see visualized. Here are some sample queries and the resulting charts.

Alerts by severity

Use the summarize operator to obtain a numeric count of the values you want to chart. The query below uses the summarize operator to get the number of alerts by severity.

| summarize Total = count() by Severity

When rendering the results, a column chart displays each severity value as a separate column:

Image of advanced hunting query results displayed as a column chart Query results for alerts by severity displayed as a column chart

Alert severity by operating system

You could also use the summarize operator to prepare results for charting values from multiple fields. For example, you might want to understand how alert severities are distributed across operating systems (OS).

The query below uses a join operator to pull in OS information from the DeviceInfo table, and then uses summarize to count values in both the OSPlatform and Severity columns:

| join AlertEvidence on AlertId
| join DeviceInfo on DeviceId
| summarize Count = count() by OSPlatform, Severity 

These results are best visualized using a stacked column chart:

Image of advanced hunting query results displayed as a stacked chart Query results for alerts by OS and severity displayed as a stacked chart

Phishing emails across top ten sender domains

If you're dealing with a list of values that isn’t finite, you can use the Top operator to chart only the values with the most instances. For example, to get the top ten sender domains with the most phishing emails, use the query below:

| where PhishFilterVerdict == "Phish"
| summarize Count = count() by SenderFromDomain
| top 10 by Count

Use the pie chart view to effectively show distribution across the top domains:

Image of advanced hunting query results displayed as a pie chart Pie chart showing distribution of phishing emails across top sender domains

File activities over time

Using the summarize operator with the bin() function, you can check for events involving a particular indicator over time. The query below counts events involving the file invoice.doc at 30 minute intervals to show spikes in activity related to that file:

| union DeviceFileEvents
| where FileName == "invoice.doc"
| summarize FileCount = count() by bin(Timestamp, 30m)

The line chart below clearly highlights time periods with more activity involving invoice.doc:

Image of advanced hunting query results displayed as a line chart Line chart showing the number of events involving a file over time

Export tables and charts

After running a query, select Export to save the results to local file. Your chosen view determines how the results are exported:

  • Table view — the query results are exported in tabular form as a Microsoft Excel workbook
  • Any chart — the query results are exported as a JPEG image of the rendered chart

Drill down from query results

To quickly inspect a record in your query results, select the corresponding row to open the Inspect record panel. The panel provides the following information based on the selected record:

  • Assets — summarized view of the main assets (mailboxes, devices, and users) found in the record, enriched with available information, such as risk and exposure levels
  • Process tree — generated for records with process information and enriched using available contextual information; in general, queries that return more columns can result in richer process trees.
  • All details — all the values from the columns in the record

Image of selected record with panel for inspecting the record

To view more information about a specific entity in your query results, such as a machine, file, user, IP address, or URL, select the entity identifier to open a detailed profile page for that entity.

Tweak your queries from the results

Right-click a value in the result set to quickly enhance your query. You can use the options to:

  • Explicitly look for the selected value (==)
  • Exclude the selected value from the query (!=)
  • Get more advanced operators for adding the value to your query, such as contains, starts with and ends with

Image of advanced hunting result set

Filter the query results

The filters displayed to the right provide a summary of the result set. Each column has its own section that lists the distinct values found for that column and the number of instances.

Refine your query by selecting the + or - buttons on the values that you want to include or exclude and then selecting Run query.

Image of advanced hunting filter

Once you apply the filter to modify the query and then run the query, the results are updated accordingly.