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Vector output sink for log forwarding

If your log data is already being monitored by Vector, you can use our Vector output sink to forward and enrich your log data in New Relic.

Forwarding your Vector logs to New Relic will give you enhanced log management capabilities to collect, process, explore, query, and alert on your log data.

Configure the Vector logs sink for New Relic

To forward your logs from Vector to New Relic:

  1. Make sure you have:
  1. Follow the procedures to configure the Vector logs sink for New Relic.

  2. Add a snippet to your vector.toml file (located in /etc/vector by default), replacing YOUR_LICENSE_KEY with your New Relic license key:

    # Ingest data by tailing one or more files
    
      [sources.mylog]
        type = "file"
        include = ["/path/to/file"] # Specify file or files to be tailed
        ignore_older = 86400 # Ignore events older than 1 day
        file_key = "file" # Add filename to log events
        host_key = "host" # Add hostname to log events
    
    # Configure sink to forward events to New Relic
    
      [sinks.new_relic_logs]
        # REQUIRED
        type = "new_relic_logs" # must be: "new_relic_logs"
        inputs = ["mylog"] # example - value must be one or more source IDs
        license_key = "YOUR_LICENSE_KEY"
        region = "us" # Enum, must be one of: "us" "eu" depending on your New Relic account region
        encoding.codec = "json"
    
    # OPTIONAL
      healthcheck = true # default
  3. Restart the Vector service to ensure your changes are applied.

Test the Vector logs sink

To test if your Vector logs sink is forwarding events to New Relic:

  1. Run the following command to append a test log message to your log file:

    echo "test message" >> /PATH/TO/YOUR/LOG/FILE
  2. Search New Relic's Logs UI for your test message.

View log data

If everything is configured correctly and your data is being collected, you should see data logs in both of these places:

SELECT * FROM Log

If no data appears after you enable our log management capabilities, follow our standard log troubleshooting procedures.

While you wait for your data to come in...

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What's next?

Explore logging data across your platform with our Logs UI.

Disable log forwarding

To disable log forwarding capabilities, follow standard procedures in Vector logs sink documentation. You do not need to do anything else in New Relic.

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