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Last updated Feb 13, 2024

Saving robot logs to Elasticsearch

Saving robot logs to an Elasticsearch server can be achieved through two types of configuration: basic and advanced.

The basic configuration provides default functionality that activates the preconfigured Elasticsearch NLog target, which is made up of an Elasticsearch target wrapped in a Buffering target. This type of configuration is enough in most scenarios.

However, if you need to further customize the rules, you can use the advanced configuration method.

Note: The option to save robot logs to an Elasticsearch server only becomes effective once you configure it, and is not applied retroactively. This means that you will no longer have access to any logs that were already in the database at the time you configured the option, because logs can only be retrieved and displayed from a single destination.

Basic robot log Elasticsearch configuration

To apply the basic configuration, take the following steps. For more details, see Configuring the Orchestrator parameters.

  1. In the configuration file, add a new section called orchestrator_robot_logs_elastic to the Orchestrator configuration, as shown in the following example:
    "orchestrator": {
        "enabled": true,
        "orchestrator_robot_logs_elastic": {
            "elastic_uri": "https://elastic.example.com:9200",
            "elastic_auth_username": "elastic-user",
            "elastic_auth_password": "elastic-password"
        }
    }"orchestrator": {
        "enabled": true,
        "orchestrator_robot_logs_elastic": {
            "elastic_uri": "https://elastic.example.com:9200",
            "elastic_auth_username": "elastic-user",
            "elastic_auth_password": "elastic-password"
        }
    }
  2. Update the following parameters with your own values:

    Parameter

    Description

    elastic_uri

    The address of the Elasticsearch instance that must be used. You must provide the address as a URI, along with a username and password.

    Example: https://elastic.example.com:9200

    Make sure you do not include a trailing slash.

    elastic_auth_usernameExample: elastic-user
    elastic_auth_passwordExample: elastic-password

The basic configuration supports Elasticsearch version 7.x. For Elasticsearch 8.x, you need to use the advanced configuration.

Advanced robot log Elasticsearch configuration

Important: Any changes you make per the steps below can negatively affect the functionality and stability of the entire system. It is advisable to only make changes if you understand their consequences.
The advanced configuration allows you to fully customize your NLog.config target.
  1. Follow the basic configuration steps described above.
  2. Follow the Advanced NLog configuration steps, then update the robotElasticBuffer target with the properties that need to be changed.
Note:

The advanced configuration also supports Elasticsearch version 8.x.

Sample nlog.config.json for Elasticsearch 7.x
{
  "Nlog": {
    "targets": {
      "robotElasticBuffer": {
        "flushTimeout": 1000,
        "bufferSize": 1000,
        "slidingTimeout": false,
        "target": {
          "uri": "https://elastic.example.com:9200",
          "requireAuth": true,
          "username": "elastic-user",
          "password": "elastic-password",
          "index": "${event-properties:item=indexName}-${date:format=yyyy.MM}",
          "documentType": "logEvent",
          "includeAllProperties": true,
          "layout": "${message}",
          "excludedProperties": "agentSessionId,tenantId,indexName"
        }
      }
    }
  }
}{
  "Nlog": {
    "targets": {
      "robotElasticBuffer": {
        "flushTimeout": 1000,
        "bufferSize": 1000,
        "slidingTimeout": false,
        "target": {
          "uri": "https://elastic.example.com:9200",
          "requireAuth": true,
          "username": "elastic-user",
          "password": "elastic-password",
          "index": "${event-properties:item=indexName}-${date:format=yyyy.MM}",
          "documentType": "logEvent",
          "includeAllProperties": true,
          "layout": "${message}",
          "excludedProperties": "agentSessionId,tenantId,indexName"
        }
      }
    }
  }
}
Sample nlog.config.json for Elasticsearch 8.x
{
  "Nlog": {
    "targets": {
      "robotElasticBuffer": {
        "flushTimeout": 1000,
        "bufferSize": 1000,
        "slidingTimeout": false,
        "target": {
          "uri": "https://elastic.example.com:9200",
          "requireAuth": true,
          "username": "elastic-user",
          "password": "elastic-password",
          "index": "${event-properties:item=indexName}-${date:format=yyyy.MM}",
          "documentType": "",
          "includeAllProperties": true,
          "layout": "${message}",
          "excludedProperties": "agentSessionId,tenantId,indexName"
        }
      }
    }
  }
}{
  "Nlog": {
    "targets": {
      "robotElasticBuffer": {
        "flushTimeout": 1000,
        "bufferSize": 1000,
        "slidingTimeout": false,
        "target": {
          "uri": "https://elastic.example.com:9200",
          "requireAuth": true,
          "username": "elastic-user",
          "password": "elastic-password",
          "index": "${event-properties:item=indexName}-${date:format=yyyy.MM}",
          "documentType": "",
          "includeAllProperties": true,
          "layout": "${message}",
          "excludedProperties": "agentSessionId,tenantId,indexName"
        }
      }
    }
  }
}
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