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Sample Syslog Device Configurations
MonitorWare Agent can receive
vital network status information from a variety of devices. As these
devices are from many different vendors and have many different
applications, it is impossible to provide detailed configuration
information for all of them.
We provide configuration
information for some well-known devices. Hopefully, the samples will
provide some idea of how other devices might be configured.
NetGear RT314 Syslog Configuration
The RT314 supports syslog. Unfortunately, syslog
messages cannot be enabled using web interface. It must be done using
telnet, a command line interface.
To the best of our knowledge,
the NetGear RT314 is compatible to ZyXEL Prestige 314. As far as we
know, both of them operate with a version of the ZyNOS operating system
that supports a menu system via telnet. As such, the description here
does also apply to the ZyXEL product. There might be other routers
available that base on the same operating system. If in doubt, start a
telnet session to your router and check if this step-by-step guide
applies to your device.
In our example, we assume the
router has address 172.16.0.100. The syslog server has the address
First, open a command prompt ("DOS box"). Then, type "telnet
172.16.0.100" as shown in this sample:
The router will prompt you for the password. Enter it and the following and
the main menu will appear:
The syslog server’s address
can be configured under "System Maintenance". As such, enter 24 and
press enter. The system maintenance menu appears:
There, enter 3 (as shown below) and press enter:
Now enter 2 and press enter. The syslog properties appear:
The screen shot displays the
correct configuration for maximum logging. To change the properties,
press enter. Each time you press enter, you will move from field to
field. Once you are at the beginning of a field, you can simply type the
value you would like to change. Follow the instructions on the lower
left to change the configuration.
Make sure that you set
"Active" to "Yes", otherwise the RT314 will not generate syslog
messages. Under "Syslog IP Address", type the IP Address of the
MonitorWare Agent. Please note that you must
use an IP address – the computer name will not work. Under "Log
Facility", select the facility(Syslog Facility) the messages will be
sent with. The RT314 does support only LOCAL_1 to LOCAL_7 – other
facilities are not supported. If in doubt, leave this setting at
Under types, select which
events will be sent via syslog. All those with "Yes" configured will
Please see the RT314 manual for details.
Finally, press enter to
confirm your configuration choice. This
will store and active the new configuration and return you to the "Log
and Trace" menu. There, press, ESC to return to the "System
Maintenance" menu and ESC once again to return to the main menu. There
type "99" and enter to exit the RT314 configuration utility.
Please note that telnet will
display a "Connection to host lost" message – this is no error but
the expected behavior.
procedure concludes the configuration of the RT314. It will now generate
syslog messages that can be received by the MonitorWare Agent.
HP JetDirect Interfaces
interfaces are network print server. They are used internally in
printers like the successful HP LaserJet series. They JetDirect is also
available as external boxe to connect any brand of printer to the
The HP JetDirect interfaces
support syslog protocol. To the best of our knowledge, they send status
as well as print job information via syslog protocol. Status
notifications include things like toner low or out of paper. Print job
information includes data on completed an aborted print jobs.
The JetDirect Interface can be
configured via the so-called HP JetAdmin program. In our sample, we use
the web-based JetAdmin tool (HP is actively promoting the web version
In our sample, we have a very
basic configuration. The HP Web JetAdmin is installed on a server with
the surprising name "SERVER". The printer we are configuring has the
also surprising name "HP LaserJet 4000". The syslog server service
is running on a machine with IP 10.0.0.1. In the sample, we configure
the JetDirect interface to send syslog messages to this central server.
We assume that you are already familiar with the HP Web JetAdmin
program. Please note that the menus shown below can be slightly
different depending on the HP Web JetAdmin version and the actual
printer or JetDirect Interface model.
First, start the HP Web
JetAdmin by pointing your browser to http://server:8000. This is the
default address for Web JetAdmin. This will bring up the HP web
Click on the jetadmin logo and click the continue button that pops up. Please
note that depending on your browser settings a number of Java security
warnings pop up. You need to allow execution of the applets, otherwise
JetAdmin does not work. Continue until you reach the main menu:
Double-click the printer. A screen like to following appears:
Click on the "configuration" tab. Then, select "network" in the left-hand menu.
Find the "System Log Server" entry. Here, you must enter the IP address of the system the
syslog server service is running on.
After doing so, press "Apply". You will be directed to a "success" page:
The syslog server address is
now set and syslog message logging activated. You can now either return
to the configuration menu or select any option in the menu available.
This procedure concludes the configuration of the HP JetDirect Interface. It
will now generate syslog messages that can be received by the syslog
Cisco’s PIX is a well known firewall appliance. It is highly scalable, from a
small office or home environment to an enterprise environment. PIX is very widely used.
Cisco’s PIX supports syslog over both TCP and UDP.
While WinSyslog supports both of these protocols, we will focus on UDP
in our step-by-step guide as this is the standard protocol. Therefore,
if you would like to consolidate logs from multiple devices and one of
them is PIX, you will probably take the syslog over UDP route.
PIX can be configured using either a
command line interface or the so-called PIX Device Manager (PDM), an
HTML configuration application that comes with the PIX. Typically, PDM
is used and as such we focus on it in our step-by-step guide.
start PDM by pointing your Java-Enabled web browser to the PIX.
Important: Use a HTTPS URL. This is badly documented by Cisco.
Using http instead of https will cause your connection to fail! If, for
example you PIX has the internal IP address of 172.16.0.1, use the
Once this is done, the PDM opens. Most probably, a number of Java security
and certificate related questions open. Please allow the product to
proceed. Also, a number of browser windows open. Finally, you should see
a window similar to the following:
PDM Start Screen
Now, switch to the system properties tab:
Next, expand "Logging" in the treeview and then select "Logging
Setup". A screen similar to this one appears:
Make sure the "Enable Logging" box is checked as in the screenshot. Then,
select "Syslog" in the treeview. This brings you to the page where
syslog servers can be configured:
In the above example, no server is configured so far. This is the default
setting for a freshly installed PIX. We will now configure a syslog
server at IP 172.19.0.2. Press "Add" and the following dialog
Typically, your syslog server will reside on the internal network. As such, leave
the interface at "inside". Then enter the IP Address of your syslog
server into the field "IP Address". In the screenshot, this has
already been done. Next, make sure UDP is selected as protocol. The port
value of 514 is the default and also the standard. There should be
little need to modify it. If you do, make sure you fully understand the
implications as a wrong port can disrupt traffic.
Of course, if you would like to use TCP logging, you can do so. However, in
this case MonitorWare Agent must be configured to have at least one
syslog listener running at the specified TCP port.
Also, please note that other products do typically not support
syslog over TCP and as such, messages from these devices cannot be
received by a syslog over TCP receiver.
After configuring the syslog settings, be sure to press OK to return to the
PDM main screen:
Here, you can modify the syslog facility and level as well as include a PIX
timestamp – see settings on the right.
Important: the configuration you have created has not been saved so far!
To save it, you must press the "Apply to PIX" button. Depending on
your configuration and PIX model, the "Apply" can take some time.
Once the "Apply" is finished, you see the following screen:
Please note the new "Save to Flash Needed" button. This one can easily be
overlooked. When it is present, a new PIX configuration has been created
but not permanently saved on the PIX. So
you need to press "Safe to Flash Needed" in order to complete your
configuration! If you forget the step, the PIX will either not
forward syslog messages at all or stop doing so after the next PIX
Make sure that you see the following dialog before continuing:
This concludes the basic configuration of your PIX. You should now receive
syslog messages on the configured syslog server. You can now close
Cisco’s PDM. Of course, you can return at any time to change
configuration settings or enable syslog messages to additional syslog
servers you have created.
Other Cisco Products
All Cisco products we know support logging via syslog. This
article covers all devices that use IOS (e.g. routers and switches).
Unfortunately, this is not a full step-by-step guide as the others are.
We are working to create a more verbose version of the Cisco guide –
but we still decided to leave it in here, as it possible is useful for
Syslog logging needs both to be configured as well as turned on.
To configure, you must be in enable mode (see your Cisco documentation
on how to enter enable mode). Then switch to configuration mode (the
command is "configure terminal" or "conf t" as
abbreviation). First of all, you need to specify the syslog host that
the messages should be send to. This is the name or IP address of the
system MonitorWare Agent is running on. Though a DNS-resolvable name can
be used, we strongly recommend using the IP address directly. If your
machine has the address "22.214.171.124" then the command is
"logging 126.96.36.199". Next, logging needs to be turned on.
This command is "logging on". Then exit from configuration
mode and save the new configuration.
This setting enables syslog logging for common messages
(e.g. router configuration and startup). If you would like to have
traffic-related logging activated, you need to create traffic filter
rules that specify the "log" option and apply them to the
interface you are interested in.
More and detailed information can be found at
Cisco's web site under the "logging" command.
Please note: this link is to one of Cisco's product documentation areas.
You might want to search the Cisco site to find information specific to
the product (router, switch, firewall, etc.) you are using.