The configuration of syslog-ng Store Box (SSB) can be exported (for manual archiving, or to migrate it to another SSB unit) from the Basic Settings > System page. Use the respective action buttons to perform the desired operation.

Figure 86: Basic Settings > System — Exporting the SSB configuration

To export the configuration of SSB

  1. Navigate to Basic Settings > System > Export configuration.

  2. Select how to encrypt the configuration:

    • To export the configuration file without encryption, select No encryption.


      Exporting the SSB configuration without encyption is not recommended, as it contains sensitive information such as password hashes and private keys.

    • To encrypt the configuration file with a simple password, select Encrypt with password and enter the password into the Encryption password and Confirm password fields.

      NOTE: The syslog-ng Store Box (SSB) appliance accepts passwords that are not longer than 150 characters. The following special characters can be used:

      ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / : ; < > = ? @ [ ] ^ - ` { | }
    • To encrypt the configuration file with GPG, select GPG encryption. Note that this option uses the same GPG key that is used to encrypt automatic system backups, and is only available if you have uploaded the public part of a GPG key to SSB at Basic Settings > Management > System backup. For details, see Encrypting configuration backups with GPG.

  3. Click Export.

    NOTE: The exported file is a gzip-compressed archive. On Windows platforms, it can be decompressed with common archive managers such as the free 7-Zip tool.

    The name of the exported file is <hostname_of_SSB>-YYYMMDDTHHMM.config. The -encrypted or -gpg suffix is added for password-encrypted and GPG-encrypted files, respectively.