Getting started

Remote Syslog is a free application what can be used to view syslog messages. It uses 3 small c++ programs for installation and CLI log control. Recently we added a web based GUI, this gives you a easy way of viewing and extracting syslog messages. The buildin installer installs syslog-ng as syslog deamon and combines this with colortail and apache2 to enhance the display output.

Remote Syslog is currently tested for the following vendors: Cisco, HP, Ubiquiti and F5. This test concluded a network with 400 devices with some devices in debug mode.

1. Remote Syslog  functionality

– Recieve syslog information on port 514 UDP and TCP
– Upgrade over internet installation via rsinstaller
– Easy reconfiguration via rsinstaller
– Easy to use CLI
– Easy to use GUI
– View live syslog messages
– Allows you to clear the live archive
– Send a test message to your syslog server
– Editable configuration files
– View per host logging with the archive button
– View live logging with the archive button
– Allows you to download the archived/live syslog
– Saves syslog for 1 year
– Archives total logging every week
– Open files quickly (Plain text files)
– Support for 32-bit, 64-bit and arm
– O/S support Debian 8.x /9.x, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
– Raspberry Pi supported (recommended 3B)
– Raspberry Pi O/S support Stretch and Jessie
– Module to activate local logging in Remote Syslog

2. Getting started

2.1 Automatic installation

To start follow the instructions below:

  • Check requirements
  • Download Remote Syslog
    • 64-BIT:
      • wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/remote-syslog/files/remote-syslog-latest-AMD64.tar
    • 32-BIT:
      • wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/remote-syslog/files/remote-syslog-latest-x86.tar
    • ARM:
      • wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/remote-syslog/files/remote-syslog-latest-arm.tar
  • Extract archive
    • 64-BIT:
      • tar -xvf remote-syslog-latest-AMD64.tar
    • 32-BIT:
      • tar -xvf remote-syslog-latest-x86.tar
    • ARM:
      • tar -xvf remote-syslog-latest-arm.tar
  • Go to the following directory
    • cd syslog-latest
  • Make the installer executable
    • chmod +x rsinstaller
  • Run the installer as root
    • ./rsinstaller -f
  • Check the usage page

2.2 Manual installation

To do a manual installation go to the manual configuration page. This will take some extra time to configure, but it allows you to compile (rsview) and configure Remote Syslog for other distributions.

2.3 Automatic installation video (DEMO)

Watch the following YouTube video for a installation, update and reconfiguration demo:

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