Jack Moore

Email: jack(at)jmoore53.com
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Syslog-NG with Elasticsearch

14 Nov 2020 » system configuration, sysadmin, homelab, server build, monitoring

First I needed a firewall, then I needed Monitoring!

Setting up the syslog-ng server:

sudo apt install syslog-ng


I left in all the other boilerplate configuration options for s_src, but made some tweaks and added the following:

# Kept the same
source s_src {

# Added this source for remote servers/applicances
source s_net { tcp(ip( port(514) max-connections (5000)); udp(); };

# Added this destination for the server
destination d_syslog { file("/var/log/remotelogs/$HOST/syslog" owner("logstash") group("logstash") perm(0600) create_dirs(yes) dir_perm(0770)); };

# Added this destination for Elasticsearch
destination d_elasticsearch_http {
        template("$(format-json --scope rfc5424 --scope dot-nv-pairs
        --rekey .* --shift 1 --scope nv-pairs
        --exclude DATE --key ISODATE @timestamp=${ISODATE})")

# Added these to capture the logs
log { source(s_net); destination(d_syslog); };
log { source(s_net); destination(d_elasticsearch_http); };

This allowed me to configure syslog-ng with elastic search.


Insecure log rotating via:

vim /etc/logrotate.d/remote
  create 0755 root adm
  rotate 90
  su root adm

This will rotate logs daily and keep them for 90 days. To test the config use:

logrotate -d --force /etc/logrotate.d/remote


The one thing I had to allow was read and write to the /var/log/remotelogs/remote.ip.addr.here.

chmod 644 -R /var/log/remote/logs/*/*

This needs to be set to allow logstash to read the file on the host.

I also modified the docker-compose.yml file for logstash to point to a bindmount at:

- type: bind
  source: /var/log/remotelogs
  target: /var/log/remotelogs
  read_only: true

Setting up Clients

This is done for most clients in /etc/rsyslog.conf at the end to send logs over to the remote server via port 514:

*.* @10.0.0.X:514

Setting up Docker to go to syslog

Create the daemon.json file.

sudo touch /etc/docker/daemon.json

And in the file put:

  "log-driver": "syslog"

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