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Configuring Archiving for System Logs, Configuration Files, and Snapshots

You can schedule periodic archiving for system logs, system configuration files, and system snapshots. Periodic archiving occurs only at the scheduled time. “Unscheduled” archiving does not occur automatically. For example, if a log file exceeds the maximum file size, the archiving process does not automatically back up the file prior to the scheduled time to prevent data loss.

If the archive process fails, archiving restarts at the next scheduled time. The system does not continue to retry the process if it fails, and log files are not deleted.

We recommend that you schedule an archive operation during hours when traffic is light to minimize its impact on users. The automatic archiving process compresses files and, if the system is busy, can degrade performance for users. Also, a cluster node might appear unresponsive if the system is busy with traffic and performing archiving simultaneously.

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Note: If you schedule an archive operation to occur during the hour that your system switches to daylight savings time (DST), the operation might not occur as scheduled. For example, if your system is set to change to DST at 1:00 AM, and you scheduled an archive job to occur at anytime between 1:01 AM and 1:59 AM, then the operation does not take place because at 1:00 AM the system clock is moved forward to 2:00 AM, and the system never reaches the archive time for that date.

To configure log archiving:

  1. Select Maintenance > Archiving > Archiving Servers to display the configuration page.

    Figure 171 shows the configuration page for Pulse Connect Secure.

  1. Complete the configuration as described in Table 130.
  2. Save the configuration.

    Figure 171: Archiving Configuration Page – Pulse Connect Secure

    Table 130: Archiving Configuration Guidelines

Settings

Guidelines

Archive Settings

Archive Server

Specify the fully qualified domain name or IP address of the server to which to send the archive files.

Destination Directory

Specify the destination directory. Follow these recommendations:

  • For UNIX systems, you can specify an absolute or relative path. We recommend you specify a full path.
  • For Windows systems, specify a path that is relative to the ftproot directory. We recommend you specify a full path.

Do not include a drive specification for the destination directory, such as: juniper/log.

Username

Specify a username that has privileges to log into the server and write to the destination directory.

Password

Specify the corresponding password.

Method

Select SCP or FTP.

SCP is the default method. SCP is a file transfer utility similar to FTP. SCP encrypts all data during transfer. When the data reaches its destination, it is rendered in its original format. SCP is included in most SSH distributions and is available on all major operating system platforms.

Archive Schedule

Archive events log

Schedule archiving for the Events log. The archive file has the following format:

PulseSecureEventsLog-[clustername|standalone]-[nodename|hostname]- [IVSname|root]-[date]-[time]

For example, an archive file for a cluster named Gen has a filename similar to the following: PulseSecureEventsLog-Gen-node1-Root-20090109-1545.gz

The archiving schedule configuration includes the following options:

  • Use this filter—Select a log format filter.
  • Day of week—Select the days of the week on which to run the archiving job.
  • Every hour or a Specified Time. The Every hour option runs a job every hour on the hour for the selected days. The specified time option runs a job once on the selected days.
  • Clear log after archiving. Select this option to clear the local log file after the archiving job is successfully completed. If an archive job fails, the log files are not deleted.
  • Password—(Optional) Specify a password to secure and encrypt system configuration or user account archives.

Archive user access log

Schedule archiving for the User Access log. The archive file has the following format:

PulseSecureEventsLog-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[IVSname|root]-[date]-[time]

The archiving schedule configuration includes the same options as those described for the Events log.

Archive admin access log

Schedule archiving for the Admin Access log. The archive file has the following format:

PulseSecureEventsLog-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[IVSname|root]-[date]-[time]

The archiving schedule configuration includes the same options as those described for the Events log.

Archive sensors log

Schedule archiving for the Sensors log. The archive file has the following format:

PulseSecureEventsLog-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[IVSname|root]-[date]-[time]

The archiving schedule configuration includes the same options as those described for the Events log.

Archive client-side log uploads

Schedule archiving for client-side log uploads. This option is available only on Connect Secure.

The archiving schedule configuration includes the same options as those described for the Events log, except for log filter format, which is not applicable to the client-side logs.

Archive system configuration

Schedule archiving for the system configuration binary file (system.cfg). The archive file has the following format:

PulseSecureSensorsLog-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[IVSname|root]-[date]-[time]

The archiving schedule configuration includes the same day, time, and password-protection options as those described for the Events log.

Archive user accounts

Schedule archiving for user account configuration binary file (user.cfg). The archive file has the following format:

PulseSecureUserAccounts-[clustername|standalone]- [nodename|hostname]-[IVSname|root]-[date]-[time]

The archiving schedule configuration includes the same day, time, and password-protection options as those described for the Events log.

Archive XML configuration

Schedule archiving for the XML configuration files.

The archiving schedule configuration includes the same day and time options as those described for the Events log.

Archive debug log

Enable archiving for collected debug logs.

You cannot specify a day and time for archiving debug logs. If you select this option, debug logs are archived periodically and cleared if the Clear log after archiving option is selected.

Archive periodic snapshots

Enable archiving for snapshots.

You cannot specify a day and time for archiving periodic snapshots. If you select this option, snapshots are archived periodically.

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