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Configuring Log Settings

Note: This topic applies to the Hearst Release.

You can configure the Smoothwall to send system logs to an external log server, automatically delete log files when disk space is low, and retain logs for a specified period.

To configure system logging settings, do the following:

1. Go to Reports > Logs > Log settings.

2. To disable specific logs, cancel the selection for the following from the Syslog logging panel:
Enable IPsec logs — For more information, see Viewing IPSec Logs
Enable Mail logs — For more information, see Viewing Email Logs
Enable System logs — For more information, see Viewing System Logs
Enable Firewall logs — For more information, see Viewing Firewall Logs
Enable Cron logs — The Cron log logs information about scheduled tasks
Enable Datastore logs — For more information, see Managing Datastore Log Retention
Enable Datastore Error logs — For more information, see Managing Datastore Log Retention
3. To send logs to an external log server, configure the following in the Syslog logging panel:
Remote syslog — Select this option to enable the Smoothwall to send logs externally
Syslog server — Enter the IP address of the remote log server
Default retention — From the drop-down list, select the default log retention period for the remote log server. Valid options are:

Default retention period

Description

1 day

Rotate the log file daily. Keep the last day.

2 days

Rotate the log file daily. Keep the last two days.

A week

Rotate the log file weekly. Keep the last seven days.

2 weeks

Rotate the log file weekly. Keep the last 14 days.

A month

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 30 days.

2 months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 60 days.

three months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 90 days.

four months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 120 days.

five months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 150 days.

six months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 180 days.

seven months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 210 days.

eight months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 240 days.

nine months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 270 days.

ten months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 300 days.

eleven months

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 330 days.

A year

Rotate the log file monthly. Keep the last 365 days.

Note: The Default retention period is for all log files enabled in the Syslog logging panel. Alternatively, you can configure individual retention period for specific logs — see To configure a retention period for individual logs on the remote server, click Advanced and configure the following:

4. To configure a retention period for individual logs on the remote server, click Advanced and configure the following:
Retain IPsec logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention.
Retain Mail logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention.
Retain System logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention.
Retain Firewall logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention.
Retain Cron logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention.
Retain Datastore logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention.
Retain Datastore Error logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention.
5. To configure a retention period for all other log files not specified in the Syslog logging panel, configure the following in the Other logging panel:
Default retention — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period.
6. To configure a retention period for individual logs not specified in the Syslog logging panel, click Advanced and configure the following:
Proxy access logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention. For more information, see Viewing Web Filter Logs.
Intrusion detection logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention. For more information, see Viewing IDS Logs.
Intrusion prevention logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention. For more information, see Viewing IPS Logs.
IM logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention. For more information, see Viewing IM Proxy Logs.
Reverse Proxy logs — From the drop-down list, select the required retention period. To use the system retention period, select Default retention. For more information, see Viewing Reverse Proxy Logs.
7. To configure log disk space usage, configure the following in the Automatic log deletion panel:
Delete old logs when free space is low — Select to automatically delete logs when the specified amount of disk space has been reached
Amount of disk space to use for logging — From the drop-down list, select the level of disk space to reserve for log file retention
8. Click Save.