Follow this step by step guide to get 'logs' from your system to Logit.io:
Step 1 - Configure OpenVPN Logging
OpenVPN is a system that enables secure connections either between two points or between sites in a virtual private network.
You can consult the OpenVPN documentation for more details.
Step 3 - Configure Filebeat.yml
The configuration file below is pre-configured to send data to your Logit.io Stack.
Copy the configuration file below and overwrite the contents of the Filebeat configuration file typically located at
# ============================== Filebeat inputs =============================== filebeat.inputs: - type: filestream enabled: true paths: - fields: type: fields_under_root: true encoding: utf-8 ignore_older: 12h # ================================== Outputs =================================== output.logstash: hosts: ["your-logstash-host:your-ssl-port"] loadbalance: true ssl.enabled: true
If you’re running Filebeat 7.10 or older, change the type as shown below.
- type: log
It’s a good idea to run the configuration file through a YAML validator to rule out indentation errors, clean up extra characters, and check if your YAML file is valid. Yamllint.com is a great choice.
Step 4 - Validate configuration
If you have issues starting in the next step, you can use these commands below to troubleshoot.
Let's check the configuration file is syntactically correct by running directly inside the terminal.
If the file is invalid, will print an
error loading config file error message with details on how to correct the problem.
sudo -e -c /etc//.yml
cd <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE> sudo ./ -e -c .yml
cd <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE> .\.exe -e -c .yml
Step 5 - Start filebeat
Start or restart to apply the configuration changes.
Step 6 - Launch Logit.io to view your logs
Now you should view your 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 8 - OpenVPN Overview
OpenVPN is a well-known open-source VPN solution that offers secure and encrypted connectivity for remote sites and users. To effectively monitor and analyze OpenVPN activity, it is crucial to have a dependable and efficient log management solution.
OpenVPN generates logs that record important information about system activity, connection attempts, and client behavior. To efficiently manage these logs, organizations can utilize Filebeat, which is an open-source log shipper, to send OpenVPN logs to various destinations such as Elasticsearch, Logstash, or OpenSearch.
Filebeat is widely used because of its compatibility and ease of use for sending logs from OpenVPN to different destinations. To ship OpenVPN logs to Filebeat, organizations can configure OpenVPN to write logs to a specific location, and then Filebeat can collect and forward the log data to other destinations like OpenSearch.
Having a robust log management solution in place enables organizations to gain valuable insights into OpenVPN activity and take proactive steps to ensure optimal system performance and security. By utilizing tools like the Elastic Stack and Filebeat, organizations can analyze data from various sources and have a better understanding of VPN connectivity and user behavior.
If you need any further assistance with shipping your log data to Logit.io we're here to help you get started. Feel free to get in contact with our support team by sending us a message via live chat & we'll be happy to assist.