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Ship logs from Google Operations Platform to logstash

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Follow this step by step guide to get 'logs' from your system to

Step 1 - Confirm Google Operations Logs

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

Confirm logs

Step 2 - Export Logs to Google Pub/Sub

Having located the logs you wish to export, choose the option to CREATE SINK. You will be prompted with the following options. Choose the Cloud PubSub topic option.

Select sink service

You will be then be prompted for:

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

Fill in edit sink form

Create new Cloud Pub/Sub topic

Once you've entered these details choose create sink. This will ensure that the logs you have specified are directed to the Pub/Sub sink

Step 3 - Create Google Pub/Sub

Locate your newly created Pub/Sub topic.

Find topic in Topics menu

On your topic, click the ellipsis to the right.

Go to topic settings

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

Scroll to the bottom of the page and press create.

Create subscription for topic

Step 4 - Create Service Account

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.

Service accounts screenshot

Select create a new service account.

Create new service account

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

Configure new 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.

View new service account

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

Add key using dropdown

Step 5 - Configuring Logstash

To start pulling Logs from the Google Cloud Platform pub/sub to your Stack a engineer will configure the Logstash input for you. You can share the following details with our engineers securely over intercom using the button below.

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.

request input

Step 6 - Check for your logs

Now you should view your data:

View my data

If you don't see logs take a look at How to diagnose no data in Stack below for how to diagnose common issues.

Step 7 - Google Operations Logging Overview

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, 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 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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