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syslog-ng Store Box 6.3.0 - Administration Guide

Preface Introduction The concepts of SSB The Welcome Wizard and the first login Basic settings User management and access control Managing SSB Configuring message sources Storing messages on SSB Forwarding messages from SSB Log paths: routing and processing messages Configuring syslog-ng options Searching log messages Searching the internal messages of SSB Classifying messages with pattern databases The SSB RPC API Monitoring SSB Troubleshooting SSB Security checklist for configuring SSB

Archiving or cleaning up the collected data

To configure data archiving/cleanup, assign an archive/cleanup policy to the logspace.


You have to configure an archive/cleanup policy before starting this procedure. For details, see Archiving and cleanup.

To configure data archiving/cleanup

  1. Navigate to Log > Spaces.

  2. Select the logspace.

  3. Select the archive/cleanup policy you want to use in the Archive/Cleanup policy field.

  4. Click Commit.

  5. Optional: To start the archiving or clean up process immediately, click Archive now. This functionality works only after a corresponding policy has been configured.

User management and access control

The AAA menu (Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting) allows you to control the authentication, authorization, and accounting settings of the users accessing syslog-ng Store Box (SSB). The following will be discussed in the next sections:

Managing SSB users locally

By default, syslog-ng Store Box (SSB) users are managed locally on SSB. In order to add local users in SSB, all steps of the following procedure need to be completed:

  1. Create users.

    For detailed instructions on how to create local users, see Creating local users in SSB.

  2. Assign users to groups.

    For details about how to add a usergroup, see Managing local usergroups.

  3. Assign privileges to groups.

    For information on how to control the privileges of usergroups, see Managing user rights and usergroups.

Creating local users in SSB

The following describes how to create a local user in syslog-ng Store Box (SSB).


The admin user is available by default and has all possible privileges. It is not possible to delete this user.

Local users cannot be managed when LDAP authentication is used (see Managing SSB users from an LDAP database). When LDAP authentication is enabled, the accounts of local users are disabled, they are not displayed on the AAA > Local Users page, but they are not deleted, either.

When using RADIUS authentication together with local users, the users are authenticated to the RADIUS server, only their group memberships must be managed locally on SSB. For details, see Authenticating users to a RADIUS server.

To create a local user in SSB

  1. Navigate to AAA > Local Users and click .

    Figure 53: AAA > Local Users — Create local user

  2. Enter the username into the User field.


    The following characters cannot be used in usernames: <>;\/[]:|=,+*?

  3. Enter a password for the user into the Password and Verify password fields.


    The syslog-ng Store Box (SSB) application accepts passwords that are not longer than 150 characters. The following special characters can be used: !"#$%&'()*+,-./:;<=>?@[]^-`{|}

    The strength of the password is indicated below the Password field as you type. To set a policy for password strength, see Setting password policies for local users. The user can change the password later from the SSB web interface, and you can modify the password of the user here.

  4. Click in the Groups section and select a group that the user will be member of. Repeat this step to add the user to multiple groups.

    If you wish to modify the group membership of a local user later on, you can do that here.

    To remove a user from a group, click next to the group.

  5. Click Commit.

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