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Logging Scenario - Send Local Logs to a Splunk Indexer

Scenario: you want to save gateway/relay logs to a Splunk Indexer. This guide presents a simple method to send all gateway/relay logs to a Splunk Indexer.

As with all gateway/relay logs, the logs stored on the gateway/relay will not include Admin UI activities, which can be accessed via the sdm audit activities command.

Setting up the export

  1. Enable relay logging in the Admin UI under Settings / Log Encryption & Storage. Ensure logging is set to FILE.

  2. Configure your indexer to receive the date from the forwarder:

    Configure Indexer 1
    Configure Indexer 1
    Configure Indexer 2
    Configure Indexer 2
    Configure Indexer 3
    Configure Indexer 3

  3. Create an index for strongDM, called "sdm_index" in this example:

    Create Index 1
    Create Index 1
    Create Index 2
    Create Index 2
    Create Index 3
    Create Index 3

  4. Install the forwarder, then configure the monitor.

    wget -O splunkforwarder-8.1.3-63079c59e632-linux-2.6-x86_64.rpm 'https://www.splunk.com/bin/splunk/DownloadActivityServlet?architecture=x86_64&platform=linux&version=8.1.3&product=universalforwarder&filename=splunkforwarder-8.1.3-63079c59e632-linux-2.6-x86_64.rpm&wget=true'
    sudo rpm -ihv splunkforwarder-8.1.3-63079c59e632-linux-2.6-x86_64.rpm
    export PATH=$PATH:/opt/splunkforwarder/bin
    splunk start

    You'll be asked to set the admin password on the first run of splunk start.

    splunk list forward-server
    Active forwards:
    ec2-34-210-43-66.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com:9997
    Configured but inactive forwards:
    None
    splunk add monitor /home/ec2-user/.sdm/logs/ -index sdm_index -sourcetype sdm
    splunk list monitor
    [...]
    /home/ec2-user/.sdm/logs
    /home/ec2-user/.sdm/logs/relay.1616439304.0.log
    /home/ec2-user/.sdm/logs/relay.1616439311.0.log
    /home/ec2-user/.sdm/logs/relay.1616595755.0.log
    /home/ec2-user/.sdm/logs/relay.1616604787.0.log
    /home/ec2-user/.sdm/logs/relay.1616652500.0.log
    [...]
  5. You can search for "sdm_index" on the indexer's search:

    Indexer Search
    Indexer Search

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