Graylog Server

 

1Introduction

Graylog Server enables you to monitor all activity in your network including established or rejected network connections. With Graylog you can centrally collect the syslog messages of your complete infrastructure, spot problems early and resolve issues faster. This eliminates the need to log in to multiple devices to parse plain text log files.

The KEMP LoadMaster is used to load balance the Graylog Server workload. The LoadMaster offers advanced Layer 4 and Layer 7 server load balancing, SSL Acceleration and a multitude of other advanced Application Delivery Controller (ADC) features. The LoadMaster intelligently and efficiently distributes user traffic among the application servers so that users get the best experience possible.

1.1Document Purpose

This document provides the recommended LoadMaster settings used when load balancing the Graylog Server workload. The KEMP Support Team is available to provide solutions for scenarios not explicitly defined. The KEMP support site can be found at: https://support.kemptechnologies.com

1.2Intended Audience

This document is intended to be read by anyone who is interested in configuring the LoadMaster to optimize the Graylog Server.

2Graylog Server Template

KEMP has developed a template containing our recommended settings for Graylog Server. You can install this template on the LoadMaster and use it when creating Virtual Services. Using a template automatically populates the settings in the Virtual Services, which is quicker and easier than manually configuring each Virtual Service. If needed, you can make changes to any of the Virtual Service settings after using the template.

Download released templates from the Templates section on the KEMP documentation page: http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation/.

For more information and steps on how to import and use templates, refer to the Virtual Services and Templates, Feature Description.

For steps on how to manually add and configure each of the Virtual Services, refer to Section 4 of this document.

3Architecture

4Configure the LoadMaster

The deployed Graylog Server environment determines which of the following setups is used.

4.1Enable Subnet Originating Requests Globally

It is best practice to enable the Subnet Originating Requests option globally.

In a one-armed setup (where the Virtual Service and Real Servers are on the same network/subnet), Subnet Originating Requests is usually not needed. However, enabling Subnet Originating Requests should not affect the routing in a one-armed setup.

In a two-armed setup where the Virtual Service is on network/subnet A, for example, and the Real Servers are on network B - Subnet Originating Requests should be enabled on LoadMasters with firmware version 7.1-16 and above.

When Subnet Originating Requests is enabled, the LoadMaster routes traffic so that the Real Server sees traffic arriving from the LoadMaster interface that is in that network/subnet.

When Subnet Originating Requests is enabled globally, it is automatically enabled on all Virtual Services. If the Subnet Originating Requests option is disabled globally, you can select whether or not to enable Subnet Originating Requests on a per-Virtual Service basis.

To enable Subnet Originating Requests globally, follow the steps below:

  1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster WUI, go to System Configuration > Miscellaneous Options > Network Options.

Figure 4‑1: Subnet Originating Requests

  1. Select the Subnet Originating Requests check box.

4.2Enable Check Persist Globally

It is recommended that you change the Always Check Persist option to Yes – Accept Changes. Use the following steps:

  1. Go to System Configuration> Miscellaneous Options > L7 Configuration.

Figure 4‑2: L7 Configuration

  1. Click the Always Check Persist dropdown arrow and select Yes – Accept Changes.

4.3Create the Graylog Server Virtual Services

The following sections describe the recommended settings for the Graylog Server Virtual Services.

4.3.1Create a Graylog Search Virtual Service

The following are the steps involved and the recommended settings to configure the Graylog Search Virtual Service:

  1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster Web User Interface (WUI), go to Virtual Services> Add New.

Figure 4‑3: Virtual Service parameters

  1. Type a valid Virtual Address.
  2. Type 9200 as the Port.
  3. Enter a recognizable Service Name, such as Graylog Search Virtual Service.
  4. Click Add this Virtual Service.
  5. Select fixed weighting as the Scheduling Method.
  6. Add the Real Servers:

a)Expand the Real Servers section.

b)Click Add New.

c)Enter the address of the relevant Real Server.

d)Complete the other fields as required.

e)Click Add this Real Server then click OK to the pop-up message.

f)Repeat the steps above to add more Real Servers as needed, based on your environment.

4.3.2Create a Graylog-Admin Virtual Service

The following are the steps involved and the recommended settings to configure the Graylog-Admin Virtual Service:

  1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster WUI, go to Virtual Services> Add New.

Figure 4‑4: Virtual Service parameters

  1. Type a valid Virtual Address.
  2. Type 9000 as the Port.
  3. Enter a recognizable Service Name, such as Graylog-Admin Virtual Service.
  4. Click Add this Virtual Service.
  5. Select fixed weighting as the Scheduling Method.
  6. Add the Real Servers:

a)Expand the Real Servers section.

b)Click Add New.

a)Enter the address of the relevant Real Server.

b)Complete the other fields as required.

c)Click Add this Real Server then click OK to the pop-up message.

d)Repeat the steps above to add more Real Servers as needed, based on your environment.

4.3.3Create a Graylog-Syslog UDP Virtual Service

The following are the steps involved and the recommended settings to configure the Graylog-Syslog UDP Virtual Service:

  1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster WUI, go to Virtual Services> Add New.

Figure 4‑5: Virtual Service parameters

  1. Type a valid Virtual Address.
  2. Type 514 as the Port.
  3. Enter a recognizable Service Name, such as Graylog-Syslog UDP Virtual Service.
  4. Select udp as the Protocol.
  5. Click Add this Virtual Service.
  6. Configure the settings as recommended in the following table:

Section

Option

Value

Standard Options

Force L4

Disabled

 

Scheduling Method

fixed weighting

 

Idle Connection Timeout

300

Table 4‑1: Graylog-Syslog UDP Recommended Settings

  1. Add the Real Servers:

a)Expand the Real Servers section.

b)Click Add New.

c)Enter the address of the relevant Real Server.

d)Complete the other fields as required.

e)Click Add this Real Server then click OK to the pop-up message.

f)Repeat the steps above to add more Real Servers as needed, based on your environment.

References

Unless otherwise specified, the following documents can be found at http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation.

Virtual Services and Templates, Feature Description

Document History

Date

Change

Reason for Change

Version

Resp.

Jan 2017

Initial draft

First draft

1.0

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