Fluentd is a data collector, which unifies the data collection and consumption. This integration allows you to use Fluentd to send logs from your Windows system to your Logz.io account.

Fluentd will fetch all existing logs, as it is not able to ignore older logs.

Configure Fluentd

Before you begin, you’ll need: Ruby and ruby-dev 2.1 or higher

Install Fluentd td-agent

Navigate to the downloads page of td-agent and download the latest version of the installer. After that, run the installer and follow the wizard instructions.

Install the Logz.io plugin
gem install fluentd fluent-plugin-logzio
Set up td-agent.conf

Open C:/opt/td-agent/etc/td-agent/td-agent.conf and replace its contents with the following configuration:

<source>
  @type windows_eventlog2
  @id windows_eventlog2
  channels application,system,security
  read_existing_events false
  tag winevt.raw
  rate_limit 200
  <storage>
    @type local
    persistent true
    path C:\opt\td-agent\winlog.json
  </storage>
</source>

<match **>
  @type logzio_buffered
  endpoint_url https://<<LISTENER-HOST>>:8071?token=<<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>>&type=<<LOG-TYPE>>
  output_include_time true
  output_include_tags true
  http_idle_timeout 10
  <buffer>
      @type memory
      flush_thread_count 4
      flush_interval 3s
      chunk_limit_size 16m
      queue_limit_length 4096
  </buffer>
</match>
Parameters
Parameter Description
endpoint_url A url composed of your Logz.io region’s listener URL, account token, and log type. Replace <<LISTENER-HOST>> with the host for your region. For example, listener.logz.io if your account is hosted on AWS US East, or listener-nl.logz.io if hosted on Azure West Europe. The required port depends whether HTTP or HTTPS is used: HTTP = 8070, HTTPS = 8071. Replace <<LOG-SHIPPING-TOKEN>> with the token of the account you want to ship to.
type Log type. If required, replace <<LOG_TYPE>> with the desired name for the log type, the default value is fluentbit
output_include_time To add a timestamp to your logs when they’re processed, true (recommended). Otherwise, false.
output_include_tags To add the fluentd tag to logs, true. Otherwise, false. If true, use in combination with output_tags_fieldname.
output_tags_fieldname If output_include_tags is true, sets output tag’s field name. The default is fluentd_tag
http_idle_timeout Time, in seconds, that the HTTP connection will stay open without traffic before timing out.
Run Fluentd td-agent

Open Td-agent Command Prompt from the Windows Start menu and run the following command:

C:\opt\td-agent> td-agent
Check Logz.io for your logs

Give your logs some time to get from your system to ours, and then open Kibana.

If you still don’t see your logs, see log shipping troubleshooting.

Fluentd can receive and concatenate multiline logs. To do this, you need to add a parser and concatenation plugin to your Fluentd configuration.

Add multiline parser to your input plugin

Multiline parsing only works with in_tail plugins. Refer to the Fluentd documentation for more on this.

Add the following code block to your in_tail plugin:

<parse>
  @type multiline
  format_firstline /^<<YOUR-REGEX-PATTERN>>/
</parse>
  • Replace <<YOUR-REGEX-PATTERN>> with the definition of your Regex pattern. You can use regex101 to define it.

The indentation of the parse plugin must be one level under the tail function as in the example below:

<source>
  @type tail
  path /var/log/httpd-access.log
  pos_file /var/log/td-agent/httpd-access.log.pos
  tag apache.access
	<parse>
	  @type multiline
	  format_firstline /\d{4}-\d{1,2}-\d{1,2}/
	  format1 /^(?<time>\d{4}-\d{1,2}-\d{1,2} \d{1,2}:\d{1,2}:\d{1,2}) \[(?<thread>.*)\] (?<level>[^\s]+)(?<message>.*)/
	</parse>
</source>