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Installing the Remote Syslog Analyzer Collector on Windows

Table Of Contents

Installing the Remote Syslog Analyzer Collector on Windows

Preparing to Install the Syslog Analyzer Collector

Installing the Syslog Analyzer Collector

Configuring the Syslog Analyzer Collector to Run Automatically

Uninstalling the Syslog Analyzer Collector

Obtaining Documentation

World Wide Web

Documentation CD-ROM

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Obtaining Technical Assistance

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Technical Assistance Center

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Cisco TAC Escalation Center


Installing the Remote Syslog Analyzer Collector on Windows


The Syslog Analyzer Collector can be installed on a remote Windows 2000 system to process syslog messages. If necessary, it can also filter the syslog messages before forwarding them to the Syslog Analyzer process on the Essentials server. You can uninstall the Syslog Analyzer Collector later, if you do not want to run it on the remote UNIX or Windows server.

Do not install Remote Syslog Analyzer Collector on a system that has CiscoWorks2000 and Resource Manager Essentials already installed. If you are installing it on a system that also has Essentials installed in it, stop the CRM logger service before installing Remote Syslog Analyzer Collector. This is because CRM logger will hook to the UDP port and read all the syslog messages. When the SacNTService tries to connect to the same port to read the syslog messages, it gets an Address Not Found exception, and therefore, does not read any syslog messages arriving on the port.

The Syslog Analyzer Collector uses CORBA, an Essentials system service, to communicate with the Essentials server. It functions as follows:

1. At startup, the Syslog Analyzer Collector tries to connect to the Syslog Analyzer on the Essentials server through CORBA (RmeOrb process), which runs on the Essentials server.

2. After it is connected, the Syslog Analyzer Collector:

a. Obtains the filters it needs from the Essentials server to filter syslog messages.

b. Sends status to the Syslog Analyzer process about the collected syslog messages, including the number of messages read, number of messages filtered, and number of messages with bad syntax. It also forwards unfiltered messages to the Syslog Analyzer process.

You can install the Syslog Analyzer Collector on a UNIX system or on a Windows system.

This document contains information on:

Preparing to Install the Syslog Analyzer Collector

Installing the Syslog Analyzer Collector

Configuring the Syslog Analyzer Collector to Run Automatically

Uninstalling the Syslog Analyzer Collector

Obtaining Documentation

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Preparing to Install the Syslog Analyzer Collector


Step 1 Make sure Internet Explorer 4.01. or later is installed on the remote server.

Step 2 Obtain the installation file from the Essentials server using either of the following methods:

Using FTP from the /opt/CSCOpx/htdocs/rdist/sysloga directory of the Essentials server.

Through a browser on the remote server at this location:

http://CiscoWorks2000_server:port/sysloga/SAC.html


Note To access this page, you must first log on to the CiscoWorks2000, and open a new a browser window from the CiscoWorks2000 window.


Step 3 Download SacNTService.exe or NT Remote Collector.

Step 4 Obtain the SAenvProperties.ini file from the same location from where you obtained the SacNTService.exe file.

Step 5 Place the file in any directory you want. You will need to specify its location when you start the Syslog Analyzer Collector, so make sure to remember the location.

Step 6 Update each variable in this file with the appropriate values from the Properties Variables Table.

Table 1 Properties Variables Table 

Variable
Description

FILE

File from which syslog messages are read. Set a value if a syslog daemon is running on the server.

SAC_PORT

Port number on which syslog messages are coming in, typically, port 514. Specify the port number from which Syslog Analyzer Collector reads syslog messages.

SAC_SERVER

Essentials server to which Syslog Analyzer Collector forwards parsed and filtered messages.

SAC_SERVER_PORT

Port number used by RmeOrb process on Essentials server.

To check the port number:

1. Using a browser, log in to the Essentials server.

2. Select Server > Administration > Process Management > Process Status.

The Process Status table appears.

3. Scroll down and click RmeOrb.

The Process Details window appears.

4. In the Flags row, note the port number (after the -p option).

VERSION

Syslog Analyzer Collector version. Recommended version is 1.0.

BINDAME

Name used by Syslog Analyzer Collector to bind to OSAgent process. The value should be the same as the value set for the SAC_SERVER variable and followed by ::SaReceiver.

For example, if the SAC_SERVER variable is set to nm_bgdemo.cisco.com, then the BINDNAME variable should be set to nm-bgdemo::SaReceiver.

Make sure the name you enter for this variable matches the Essentials server name exactly.

To find out the name under which the Essentials server is registered, refer to the value set for PX_HOST in the file, md.properties. This file is located in install_dir/lib/classpath, where install_dir is the directory in which CiscoWorks2000 is installed (C:\Program Files\CSCOpx by default).

DEBUG_LEVEL

Debug level in which you run the Syslog Analyzer Collector.

Note It is recommended that you retain the default value, which is 4, as this reports error messages. Setting it to any other value might result in a large number of debug messages being reported.

SA_APP_NAME

Name Syslog Analyzer Collector uses for printed error or debug messages. It is recommended that you retain the default value, SyslogAnalyzer.


Installing the Syslog Analyzer Collector


Step 1 From the command line, enter SacNTService /install to install the SAC service.


Note Do not add the .exe extension to the SacNTService file.


Step 2 Modify the SAenvProperties.ini file, if you have not already done so.

Step 3 To start the service, select Start > Settings > Control Panel > Services.

The Services window appears.

Step 4 Select Cisco Syslog Collector.

Step 5 In the Startup Parameters field, enter the location of your SAenvProperties.ini file, for example:

-pr c:\\directory\\SAenvProperties.ini

Note Make sure you use two backslashes (\\) when you specify the pathname, and remember to use the -pr argument; otherwise, the Syslog Analyzer Collector will not run. The directory name should be in DOS format. Refer to Configuring the Syslog Analyzer Collector to Run Automatically for additional control information.


Step 6 Click Start.

The error and debug messages are collected in a log file. You can specify the name and location of this log file. The log file with the specified name is created by the process. The format of the location path is:

drive_name:\location_directory\logfile_name

It is mandatory to mention the path.

If the directory structure does not exist, then the error and debug messages are put into the event viewer. The default location of the log file is:

C:\Program Files\SyslogRemoteCollector.log

To run the Syslog Analyzer Collector with different parameters, include additional arguments when you enter the full pathname of the properties file.The Arguments Table contains more information on the arguments.

Table 2 Arguments Table

Arguments

-pr properties file name

properties file name

-sf syslog file name

syslog file name

-sp syslog port #

syslog port number

-bsn bg server name

Essentials server name

-bsp bg server port

Essentials port number

-bnd orb bind name

orb bind name

-dbg [1-6]

debug modes 1-6

-h

print usage information


For example, enter:

C:\\tmp\\SAenvProperties.ini -bsn sbanks-ss20.cisco.com -bsp 420 -bnd 
sbanks-ss20::SaReceiver

Step 7 To stop the Syslog Analyzer Collector:

a. Select Start > Programs > Administration Tools > Services.

The Services window appears.

b. Select Cisco Syslog Collector.

c. Click Stop.


Configuring the Syslog Analyzer Collector to Run Automatically

You can store the Properties file location in the Windows registry to avoid specifying the Properties file in the start up parameters of the service window. During startup, if no parameters are specified, the Syslog Analyzer Collector will look in the registry for the location of the Properties file.

To store the Properties file in the registry, from the command line, enter:

SacNTService /cmd:SacNTService -pr C:\\directory\\SAenvProperties.ini 
-set


Note You can store only the Properties file location in the registry; any other command line options are ignored.


To run the Syslog Analyzer Collector automatically every time the machine starts up:


Step 1 Select Start > Programs > Administration Tools > Services.

The Services window appears.

Step 2 Select Cisco Syslog Collector

Step 3 Click Startup.

Step 4 Select Automatic.

Step 5 Click OK.


Uninstalling the Syslog Analyzer Collector


Step 1 Select Start > Settings > Control Panel > Services.

The Services window appears.

Step 2 Select Cisco Syslog Collector.

Step 3 Stop the Syslog Collector service.

Step 4 In the directory where you installed the SacNTService.exe file, enter:

SacNTService / uninstall

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