Introduction

Managing a log collection system where agents are scattered around the whole network can be a daunting task, especially if there are multiple teams in charge of each system.

NXLog Manager is the agent management solution for NXLog Enterprise edition agents. Manager provides a web based administration interface to configure all parameters for the log collection and enables the log management administrator to efficiently monitor and manage the NXLog agents securely from a central console. NXLog Manager is able to operate in clustered mode if the network topology requires multiple manager nodes.

This document provides information about the following topics:

  • Installation steps for the core NXLog Manager system

  • Installation steps for deployment of NXLog agents

  • Details about each component of the NXLog Manager system accessible from the web interface

Architecture

NXLog Manager web application

NXLog Manager is a Java-based web application which can communicate with the NXLog agents.

NXLog

NXLog is the log collector which can be used to collect local log sources or forward the data over the network. It can also store messages locally or forward them to another instance.

The architecture of NXLog allows log collection to function even if NXLog Manager is not running or the control channel is not functional, thus an NXLog Manager upgrade will not cause any interruption to the log collection process.

NXLog Agent and NXLog Manager Compatibility

All NXLog agents versions 4.x and 5.x are supported by NXLog Manager versions 6 and 5.5.

However, certain modules of NXLog EE version 5 are not directly configurable with NXLog Manager version 5.5 or earlier, only using NXLog Manager version 5.6 or later.

These modules are:

Still, the above modules of NXLog EE version 5 can be used and configured by adding them as a custom module to the agent configuration in NXLog Manager by selecting the agent, clicking Configure > Modules > Add then defining the module name.