Author: mwpreston

2017 Q4 Wrap-up

OK – I’ve really dropped the ball on these end of month wrap-ups thus why you are now seeing the Q4 wrap-up 🙂  I wrote most of this in November and forgot to publish – so I’ll do my best to add anything from the following two months 🙂  First up I officially added another year to my life in October and am now less than a year to the big 4-0 marker. October saw the passing of the frontman from one of my favorite bands – The Tragically Hip – Gordon Downie’s passing brought a very somber and sad...

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2018 Veeam Vanguard nominations are now open!

As we near the end of 2017 we find ourselves doing many different things – shoring up those unfished jobs, both at work and home, reflecting on our accomplishments throughout the year and planning and preparing for what 2018 will bring to the table, and of course receiving emails in regards to renewals and applications for influencer programs.  Now I hold all of these programs fairly close to me, but there’s one that seems to stand out above the others – The Veeam Vanguard program – and nominations for 2018 are officially open! Veeam Vanguard – What is it?...

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Life after Gord Downie, not without…

For those that don’t know Canada lost a part of itself this past October.  Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passed away October 17th after battling with terminal brain cancer for nearly a year and a half.  Even though we all knew of the unavoidable circumstances the type of cancer brings I don’t think this nation was really prepared to lose Gord just yet.  You see, Gord didn’t just call it quits and sit back to undergo treatment – he devoted his final years of his life to the bands fans, to increase the awareness of the hurt and pain the...

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A newbies guide to ELK – Part 2 – Forwarding logs

In part 1 of this series we took a look at how to get all of the components of elkstack up and running, configured, and talking to each other.  Now not to say those aren’t important and necessary steps but having an elk stack up is not even 1/4 the amount of work required and quite honestly useless without any servers actually forwarding us their logs.  So with that said let’s take a look at a few different ways we can forward off some logs to logstash. Syslog First up is the ever so familiar syslog!  This is perhaps...

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Quick to the point – Allowing logstash to bind to port 514

Most all of the example configurations out there that show how to setup logstash with syslog traffic tend to always include some sort of non-standard syslog port, such as 5000 or 5514.  Now this is fine so long as the client you are shipping the logs from provides the ability to specify which port they do so on – but I’ve run into a few different scenarios where I’m forced to send my syslog traffic down port 514, the normal syslog port, without the ability to select any other port. The standard syslog port, 514, presents a problem in itself though...

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