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
– Debian and Ubuntu supported
– Raspberry Pi supported (recommended 3B)
– 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:

2 thoughts on “Getting started”

  1. With havin so much written content do you ever run into
    any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of exclusive content
    I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a
    lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any
    methods to help prevent content from being ripped off?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    1. Hi ig,

      It is a little bit off-topic but when you post something public on the web then there is always a risk to someone will copy a article. The articles written on this site are directly linked to Remote Syslog, that makes them harder to use, then a universal news article (so no exact copy was found of this website/articles). I added a GPL license to Remote Syslog for some protection. If you keep “ripped off” and you have a good website what has decent income i suggest that you register your website with a international copyright. Then you can actual charge some organisations. Anyway Remote Syslog is a free (non-profit) product what can be improved by people (and I hope they use remotesyslog.com as a medium to connect). Thats the reason why everything is open and free to download.

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