To evaluate SSB as a virtual appliance, you can download and install the latest SSB ISO file into a virtual machine. The following virtual environments are supported for evaluation: Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware, and vSphere (VMware ESX). SSB may work in other virtual environments like VirtualBox or KVM as well, although these are officially not supported. You can obtain an evaluation license and the ISO file using your support portal account.
Before you start evaluating SSB, make sure you understand what SSB is and how it works. This information can greatly help you get SSB operational. Read the following:
Introduction to syslog-ng in The syslog-ng Premium Edition Administrator Guide
The concepts of syslog-ng in The syslog-ng Premium Edition Administrator Guide
Log in to the Trial Licenses page. Watch the short demo under How to Create a Trial License using Trial Depot?.
Request a Trial License using the Trial Depot.
The license keys will be emailed to you.
Once you have the license keys, download the ISO image from the Free Trial of syslog-ng Store Box page.
To install SSB in a virtual machine, see Deploying SSB in a virtual machine.
To configure a simple scenario and evaluate SSB, see Creating a simple scenario.
To install SSB in a virtual machine, complete one of the following procedures.
Download the vSphere application.
Visit the vSphere webpage, and download the latest version of the application for your operating system.
Install the vSphere application.
Follow the instructions provided in the vSphere product documentation to install the application.
Install SSB. Follow the instructions provided in "syslog-ng Store Box VMware Installation Guide" in the Installation Guide.
Configure a simple scenario and evaluate SSB. For details, see Creating a simple scenario.