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Send data via Google Cloud Operations to your Logstash instance provided by Logit.io

Google Cloud Operations

Ship logs from Google Operations Platform to logstash

Step 1 - Confirm Google Operations LogsCopy

First, confirm your logs are located in your project by visiting the logs viewer section on Google Cloud Platform.

Step 2 - Export Logs to Google Pub/SubCopy

After having located the logs you wish to export, choose the option to create a sink. You will be prompted with the following menu. Choose the Cloud PubSub Topic.

You will be then be prompted for:

  • Sink name
  • Sink Service (choose Pub/Sub)
  • Sink Destination (choose create new Cloud Pub/Sub topic)

Once you've entered these details press create sink.

Step 3 - Create Google Pub/SubCopy

Locate your newly created Pub/Sub topic.

Click the 3 dots icon to the right and select create subscription.

Enter a suitable subscription ID and make sure delivery type is set to pull.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and press create.

Step 4 - Create Service AccountCopy

Visit service accounts and choose the project you want to add the service account to. This will be used to retrieve logs from the GooglePubSub and send to Logstash.

Select create a new service account.

Give your service account a name and add the relevant Pub/Sub permissions for the service account.

Now we need to create a key for the service account, this will be used by Logstash to access the service account in order to retrieve logs.

Click into the newly created service account.

Choose the option to a add key and then select create a key option, remember to download the service key as json when prompted.

Step 5 - Configuring LogstashCopy

To finishing setting up your Google Cloud Platform pub/sub input Logit.io will need the following details of your Google Cloud Project.

project_id => The complete ID of your project
topic => The name of the topic you created
subscription => The name of the subscription you created
json_key_file => The json key file for your service account.

Logit.io will verify your input before it is applied. This should be actioned in less than 24 hours, contact our support team by visiting our dedicated Help Centre or via live chat & we'll be happy to assist.

Step 6 - Google Operations Logging OverviewCopy

Google Operations (also formerly known as Google Stackdriver) is a logging platform that was acquired by Google in 2014. This move represented Google’s aims to centralise all of their closely related logging products and services under the same umbrella in Google Operations.

Google Operations allows users to search, analyse and monitor metrics from your Google Cloud services. The platform can also be used for hosted uptime probes & application instrumentation. Google Operations creates JSON formatted log files that require ingesting & parsing for users to gain actionable insights from this data. Logstash can be used to parse attributes from JSON-formatted log files for processing in an ELK based log management system.

While many users of Google Cloud Platform may prefer using the cloud monitoring capabilities of this platform, Logit provides an alternative log management solution that also extends to managing not only GCP logs but also AWS, Azure & hundreds of other log data sources.

The Logit platform makes correlating the performance of your Google operations logs easy. We offer hosted Logstash to make automatically collecting all of your GCP logs seamless. Our Google Operations log file analyser can be used as part of our centralised log management platform to manage your data & monitor your cloud security.

If you require any assistance with analysing your Google Operations logs we're here to help. Feel free to reach out by getting in contact with us via live chat & we'll be happy to help you get started with managing your logs.

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