You can create a data collector to upload individual log files (up to 10 MB in size) from the computer on which you are accessing the product Console.
BMC recommends that you to not use this data collector for files that are updated dynamically.
Only that data which is present in the file at the time of uploading is collected. Any additional data added to the file, after the file is already uploaded into the system, does not get collected.
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 value is the same.
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.
This field is mandatory to enable you to search data that you are uploading by host name.
|File Path||Provide the path of the log file.|
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.
|Time Zone||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.
|Read from Past (#days)|
Indicates the number of days for which past data can be collected and indexed. The maximum amount of past data that can be collected into the system is defined by the data retention period (default 7). You can change this value by navigating to Administration > System Settings.
By default, this value is set to 7.
Recommendation: BMC recommends you to not use a very high value in this field (for example, 365). This is necessary to avoid a very large amount of data collected into the system in a short time.
|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.