Syslog server

With all of the network configuration I’ve been doing lately, I’ve decided to set up a central syslog server that the routers and switches can log to. That will create a central place that I can look for warnings and errors that are occurring on these devices. It also makes it so I can save the logs for extended periods of time, and use normal Linux tools to search and parse through them.

For some reason, I found it difficult to find instructions on how to create a centralized syslog server. However, its incredibly easy. You just have to configure the Linux syslogd process to listen on a remote interface, then configure the logs like anything else in syslog. In CentOS, you just edit /etc/sysconfig/syslog and add a “-r” to the “SYSLOGD_OPTIONS” line. Then allow port 514 through your firewall from your router’s IP addresses.

On each router, set these global configuration commands:

logging facility local1
logging source-interface FastEthernet0/1

On the syslog server, configure your /etc/syslog.conf with something like this:

## Router Logs
local1.* /var/log/routers/router-core.log
local2.* /var/log/routers/router-border.log
local3.* /var/log/routers/switch-1.log
local4.* /var/log/routers/switch-2.log

I also like to set up logrotate with this in /etc/logrotate.d/routers

/var/logs/routers/*.log {
rotate 52

My next step will be creating a LogWatch script to email me anything that I should be concerned about

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