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SonicWall Logs

Ship logs from SonicWall to Logstash

Filebeat is a lightweight shipper that enables you to send your SonicWall logs to Logstash and Opensearch. Configure Filebeat using the pre-defined examples below to start sending and analysing your SonicWall logs.

Send Your DataLogsApplicationsSonicWall Logs Guide

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

Step 1 - Configure Syslog Server

Configure your SonicWall to write all logs to a single file and to send logs to a Syslog server.

View more details on how to configure SonicWall Syslog.

Step 2 - Install Filebeat

To get started first follow the steps below:

  • Install
  • Root access
  • Verify the required port is open

Older versions can be found here 7, 6, 5

Step 3 - Locate the configuration file

deb/rpm /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml
mac/win <EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>/filebeat.yml

Step 4 - Configure Filebeat.yml

The configuration file below is pre-configured to send data to your Stack.

Copy the configuration file below and overwrite the contents of the Filebeat configuration file typically located at /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml

# ============================== Filebeat inputs ===============================

- type: udp
  max_message_size: 10MiB
  host: ""
  enabled: true

  fields_under_root: true
  encoding: utf-8
  ignore_older: 12h

# ================================== Outputs ===================================
    hosts: ["your-logstash-host:your-ssl-port"]
    loadbalance: true
    ssl.enabled: true

If you’re running Filebeat 7, add this code block to the end. Otherwise, you can leave it out.

# ... For Filebeat 7 only ...
filebeat.registry.path: /var/lib/filebeat

If you’re running Filebeat 6, add this code block to the end.

# ... For Filebeat 6 only ...
registry_file: /var/lib/filebeat/registry

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. is a great choice.

Step 5 - 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


sudo ./ -e -c .yml


.\.exe -e -c .yml

Step 6 - Start filebeat

Start or restart to apply the configuration changes.

Step 7 - 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 8 - how to diagnose no data in Stack

If you don't see data appearing in your Stack after following the steps, visit the Help Centre guide for steps to diagnose no data appearing in your Stack or Chat to support now.

Step 9 - Sonic Wall Logging Overview

SonicWall is a network security company that provides a range of products and services to protect networks from threats such as viruses, malware, and ransomware. Logging in SonicWall refers to the process of collecting and analyzing log data generated by SonicWall devices to monitor and troubleshoot network security issues.

SonicWall devices generate various types of log data, including system logs, security logs, and application logs. These logs contain information about events such as network traffic, user activity, and security threats.

SonicWall devices provide a range of logging options, including:

Syslog: This is a standard protocol for forwarding log messages across IP networks. SonicWall devices can be configured to send syslog messages to a syslog server, which can be used to collect and analyze log data from multiple devices.

SNMP Traps: SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a protocol used to manage and monitor network devices. SonicWall devices can be configured to send SNMP traps to a central management system, which can be used to monitor the health and performance of the devices.

Real-time Monitoring: SonicWall devices provide a real-time monitoring interface that enables administrators to view log data in real-time. This can be useful for quickly identifying and responding to security threats or network issues.

Analytics and Reporting: SonicWall devices also provide analytics and reporting capabilities, which enable administrators to analyze log data to identify trends and patterns. This can be useful for identifying areas of the network that may be vulnerable to security threats or for identifying potential performance issues.

Overall, logging in SonicWall devices provides visibility into network activity and security threats, which can help administrators monitor and troubleshoot network issues. SonicWall devices provide a range of logging options, including real-time monitoring, syslog, SNMP traps, and analytics and reporting, which enable administrators to collect and analyze log data to identify and respond to security threats and network issues.

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