Simulating Syslog Data

After creating a syslog pipeline, it is convenient to be able to test that data is being received and parsed as expected. You can use the logger utility (from the util-linux package) using “-n” to specify the target server, -P to specify the target port, either -d for udp or -T for tcp, -i with the process name, -p with the log priority, and the message content in quotes.

As an example, this command sends a sample log record to the logstash server. If the pipeline is working properly, the document will appear in ElasticSearch.

logger -n logstash.example.com -P 5101 -d -i ljrtest -p user.notice '<date=2022-06-22 time=09:09:28 devname="fcd01" \
      devid="AB123DEF45601874" eventtime=1655914168555429048 tz="-0700" logid="0001000014" type="traffic" subtype="local" \ 
      level="notice" vd="EXAMPLE-CORP" srcip=10.4.5.10 srcport=56317 srcintf="VLAN1" srcintfrole="wan" dstip=10.2.3.212 \ 
      dstport=61234 dstintf="EXAMPLE-CORP" dstintfrole="undefined" srccountry="United States" dstcountry="United States" sessionid=3322792 \ 
      proto=6 action="deny" policyid=0 policytype="local-in-policy" service="tcp/61234" trandisp="noop" app="tcp/61234" duration=0 \ 
      sentbyte=0 rcvdbyte=0 sentpkt=0 rcvdpkt=0'

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