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Add Cisco ASA data: Distributed deployment with indexer clustering

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Install a syslog-ng server

Complete the following steps to configure a Linux-based syslog server to send your Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) deployment-related syslog messages:

Determine the size of your Cisco ASA logs

Each firewall message is approximately 230 bytes, and users typically see one message per connection. As a best practice, use logging-allowed connections and denied connections. The log volume depends on the size of your ASA device.

Using only Cisco’s built-in tools, use the show ip inspect statistics command to see how many connections occur since your last reset.

The following table shows approximate sizes of logs per type of service:

Service Approximate size of log
Edge Firewall Negligible
Zone Firewall 230 bytes per event
VPN Services 10 Kb per session + firewall activity
Operational Approximately <200 MB per day per ASA

Install a syslog-ng server

To install a syslog-ng server, complete the following steps:

  1. (Optional) Uninstall rsyslog if it shipped with your deployment:
    sudo rpm -e --nodeps rsyslog
  2. Install syslog-ng using yum: sudo yum-get install syslog-ng
  3. Configure yum to search the EPEL repo:
    sudo yum --enablerepo=epel install syslog-ng
  4. (Optional) Install the syslog-ng-libdbi module to prevent a warning message from appearing each time syslog-ng starts:
    sudo yum install --enablerepo=epel syslog-ng-libdbi
  5. Once you complete the installation, start syslog-ng:
    sudo systemctl start syslog-ng.service
    sudo systemctl enable syslog-ng.service
  6. Verify that syslog-ng is running by checking for a pid:
    pidof syslog-ng
Last modified on 07 December, 2018
Add Cisco ASA data to your distributed deployment
Configure a syslog-ng server

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