Failover with Syslog-ng?

Is it possible to set up a failover mechanism with Syslog-NG opensource edition?

I want that the syslog-ng Daemon logs to a remote Loghost and switches to an other server if the first would go down for some reason…

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Syslog-ng itself does not do this. However, here are a few ways to achieve high-availability logging, sorted in increasing levels of complexity/cost:

  • Simply adding both servers and always write to both is the easiest one.

  • Have a backup syslog config around with the second servername. Have a cronjob or something to check the local syslog for reports on connection errors to the server and, when one is found, restart syslog with the backup configuration

  • Setting up a haproxy in tcp-mode on your local server, and setting it to use the primary server first and go to the second in case the first fails. Set syslog to log to the local haproxy instance instead of directly to the remote servers

  • Setting up a cluster of log servers with shared disks on a SAN, commercial HA (e.g. Veritas Cluster)… This is expensive; whether it’s worth it will depends on how much it will cost you to lose some logs.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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