Getting Started With Fastvue Syslog

Setup Instructions for New Installations

Fastvue Syslog Server Installer Welcome

1. Download and Install

Download Fastvue Syslog and install on a machine (or virtual machine) that meets our recommended requirements:

Fastvue Syslog is designed for 64 bit Windows Server Operating Systems running Windows Server 2008 R2 or above.
Fastvue Syslog uses minimal CPU and RAM resources while handling a moderate amount of syslog data. CPU and RAM requirements will increase as the number of syslog messages per second increases. Virtual environments are recommended so you can scale the resources as required.

Recommended Minimum Specifications:

  • CPU: 2 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM or greater
The amount of data stored per day will vary depending on the amount of incoming syslog traffic. Keep an eye on the charts in Fastvue Syslog’s web interface, or on the log files themselves, and adjust the Archive options depending on your disk space requirements.

As a minimum, 50 GB of spare hard drive space is a good place to start.

The latest version of your favourite javascript enabled browser is required.

If browsing to the web interface on your Windows Server, ensure that IE Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) is disabled.

If the web interface does not appear to load and/or you do not see your syslog sources appear, try browsing to the web interface from your local desktop using Google Chrome. To access the web interface from your local desktop, browse to http://yourserver:47279, replacing ‘yourserver’ with the name or IP of the server you installed Fastvue Syslog on.

Fastvue Syslog Initial Configuration

2. Configure Fastvue Syslog

Once installed, click the Fastvue Syslog program shortcut, which will open your browser to http://localhost:47279. Alternatively, to access the web interface from another machine such as your local desktop, browse to http://yourserver:47279, replacing ‘yourserver’ with the name or IP of the server you installed Fastvue Syslog on.

Here you will see the Initial Configuration screen. On this page you can:

  • Set the listening ports (default is 514)
  • Set whether Fastvue Syslog should automatically start logging syslog traffic when it arrives from new hosts
  • Set a username and password to access the web interface.
  • Set the folders where Fastvue Syslog creates the text log files and zipped archives.
Fastvue Syslog Server Statistics Page

4. Enjoy!

Now that Fastvue Syslog is installed and configured, set your devices to send UDP syslog messages to the Fastvue Syslog server. If you enabled the ‘Auto-discover Syslog Sources’ option above, you should soon see your syslog sources appear on the left. If not, click the ‘Add Syslog Source’ option to manually add your syslog sources.

Click the Cog button on each Source to configure its options such as the logging paths, archive settings, and syslog forwarding.

Go to your log location and you should see the text logs being created, and can import and analyze them with WebSpy Vantage, or your favorite log analyzer tool.

Enjoy!

Download

1. Download the latest installer

The latest installer will always be available via the download page on the Fastvue Syslog website. Release notes are available in the Fastvue Syslog Support portal.

Fastvue Syslog Server Installer Welcome

2. Install

Simply run the new installer over the top of your existing installation. The installer will pick up your existing settings, so just click next throughout the wizard without making any changes. Once installed, browse to Fastvue Syslog’s web interface and clear the browser cache by hitting ctrl + F5 (cmd + R on Mac).

Note: This process upgrades the application only. Your existing settings, log data and archives are not affected and will be available as normal after the installation.

Fastvue Syslog Server Statistics Page

4. Enjoy!

Fastvue Syslog Server is now upgraded, and you’re ready to enjoy the new features and fixes.