You can create a data collector for monitoring data by using an SSH connection to a Microsoft Windows or Linux computer and retrieving event data.
Navigate to Administration > Data Collectors > Add Data Collector.
In the Name box, provide a unique name to identify this data collector.
From the Type list, select Monitor File over SSH.
Provide the following information, as appropriate:
(Optional) Select from a list of hosts that you have already configured under Administration > Hosts.
The target host is the computer from which you want to retrieve the data. You can choose to select the target host and inherit the host-level tags and group access permissions already added to the host, or manually enter the host name in the Server Name field.
|Collection Host (Agent)|
Select the collection host depending on whether you want to use the Collection Station or the Collection Agent to perform data collection.
The collection host is the computer on which the Collection Station or the Collection Agent is located.
By default, the Collection Station is already selected. You can either retain the default selection or select the Collection Agent.
Note: For this type of data collector, the target host and collection host are expected to have different values.
Enter the host name of the server from which you want to retrieve the data.
Note: If you selected a target host earlier, this field is automatically populated. The value of this field is necessary for generating the "HOST" field that enables effective data search.
(Optional) Select one of the following options:
Provide the user name for connecting with the server from which you want to retrieve the data.
Note: This field is disabled if you applied a security profile earlier.
The product supports only password-based authentication for connecting with the SSH server.
Provide the password for connecting with the server from which you want to retrieve the data.
Click Add CredentialAdministration > Credentials., provide a credential name, and click OK to create a new credential (profile) from the credentials that you provided in the user name and password fields. Once this credential is created, it is displayed under
Note: This field is disabled if you applied a security credential earlier.
|Host Key Fingerprint|
Provide the fingerprint of the RSA host key to connect with the server from which you want to retrieve the data.
This is the host key that is configured to be used by the SSH server with which you want to connect.
For more information, see About the SSH host key fingerprint (BMC contributor page).
Provide the absolute path of the data file.To retrieve data files from subdirectories, do not provide the absolute path; instead, provide the path up to the parent directory.
|Include sub-directories||(Optional) Select this check box if you want to retrieve log files from subdirectories of the file path specified.|
Specify the file name only, or specify the file name with a rollover pattern to identify subsequent logs.
You can use the following wild card characters:
This field is useful to monitor rolling log files where the log files are saved with the same name but differentiated with the time stamp or a number, for example.
You have log files that are saved with succeeding numbers once they reach a certain size; for example:
In the preceding scenario, you can specify the rollover pattern as IAS?.log.
You have log files that roll over every hour and are saved with the same date but a different time stamp in the YYYY-MM-DD-HH format; for example:
In the preceding scenario, you can specify the rollover pattern as 2013-10-01-*.log.
Select the appropriate data pattern to use for indexing the data file.
To select an option, you can do one of the following:
After selecting an option, click Preview parsed log entriesto preview the sample data entries parsed. By looking at the preview of records, you can understand how the data will be indexed and be made available for searching.
If you are not satisfied with the results of the selected data pattern, continue to look for another option and see the preview, until the results match your expectations. If you do not find a data pattern that matches your file, select Add Data Pattern available at the end of the list. By selecting this option, you are redirected to the Administration > Data Patterns page where you can create a new data pattern or customize an existing data pattern by cloning it. For more information, see Managing data patterns.
|Poll Interval (mins)|
Enter a number to specify the poll interval (in minutes) for the data collection (0 indicates that this is a one-time data collection).
By default, this value is set to 1.
By default, the Use file time zone option is selected. This means the data is indexed as per the time zone available in the data file. If the data file does not contain a timezone, then the by default the time zone of the Collection Host (Collection Station or Collection Agent) server is used.
You can also manually select a timezone from the list available. This timezone must match the timezone of the server from which you want to collect data. If your data file contains a timezone and you manually specify the timezone, then the manually specified timezone overrides the file timezone.
|Start Collection||(Optional) Select this check box if you want to start the data collection immediately.|
|Inherit Host Level Tags From Target Host||Select this check box to inherit your tag selections associated with the target host that you selected earlier. This option is not applicable if you did not select a target host.|
|Select Tag name||You can manually add tags by selecting one of the tags in the list, specifying a corresponding value, and clicking Add Search tab. . The list of added tags is displayed in the Tags pane on the |
Click Remove Tag to remove a tag.
|Group Access (optional)|
|Inherit Host Level Access Groups From Target Host||Select this check box to inherit your group access configurations associated with the target host that you selected earlier. This option is not applicable if you did not select a target host.|
|Select All Groups|
Select this option if you want to select all user groups. You can also manually select multiple user groups.
If you do not select any user groups and data access control is not enabled, then by default all users can access data retrieved by this data collector. You can restrict access permissions by selecting the relevant user groups that must be given access permissions. To enable data access control, navigate to Administration > System Settings.
If you do not select any user group and data access control is enabled, then only the creator of the data collector has access to data retrieved by this data collector.
For more information, see Managing user groups.