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Real-time Log Analysis and Visualization with Graylog


Implementing Graylog on ServerStadium’s infrastructure (VM Pricing, Dedicated Servers) offers an efficient way to handle log management. It is particularly useful for businesses looking to consolidate log data from various sources for real-time analysis and reporting.


  • A ServerStadium VM or dedicated server (VM Pricing, Dedicated Servers)
  • Basic knowledge of Linux server administration.
  • MongoDB and Elasticsearch installed on the server, as Graylog depends on these services.

Step 1: Set Up Your ServerStadium Environment

  1. Select a Server: Choose a ServerStadium server that can handle the storage and processing requirements of log data.
  2. Server Preparation:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Install MongoDB and Elasticsearch

  1. Install MongoDB:

    MongoDB is used by Graylog for metadata and configuration data:

    sudo apt install -y mongodb

  2. Install Elasticsearch:

    Elasticsearch is used for log data storage and search:

    wget -qO – | sudo apt-key add – sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elastic-7.x.list sudo apt update sudo apt install elasticsearch-oss

    Configure and start Elasticsearch.

Step 3: Install and Configure Graylog

  1. Install Graylog:

    Add the Graylog repository and install Graylog:

    wget sudo dpkg -i graylog-4.0-repository_latest.deb sudo apt update sudo apt install graylog-server

  2. Configure Graylog:

    Edit Graylog’s configuration file:

    sudo nano /etc/graylog/server/server.conf

    • Set the password_secret and root_password_sha2.
    • Configure elasticsearch_hosts to point to your Elasticsearch instance.
    • Set the web interface URL in http_bind_address.
  3. Start Graylog:

    sudo systemctl start graylog-server

Step 4: Access Graylog Web Interface

  1. Access Graylog:

    Open a web browser and navigate to the configured web interface URL to access Graylog’s web interface.

Step 5: Configure Log Sources

  1. Set Up Log Sources:
    • In Graylog, set up log sources by configuring inputs corresponding to the type of log data you want to collect (e.g., Syslog, GELF).
    • Configure your servers or applications to forward logs to Graylog.


With Graylog deployed on your ServerStadium server, you gain valuable insights from log data in real-time. This enhances your ability to monitor, troubleshoot, and secure your infrastructure. For more advanced log analysis strategies, refer to our knowledge base or contact our support team.

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