Setting up a Central Syslog Server to listen on both TCP and UDP ports

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SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2
SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP3


Would like to setup a Central Syslog Server to listen on both TCP and UDP ports 514.


 was using the legacy syntax and the was not working for SLES 15 SP2 and SP3.
Example of legacy syntax for editing the /etc/rsyslog.d/remote.conf file.

TCP Example:
$UDPServerAddress IP
$InputTCPServerRun PORT

UDP Example
$UDPServerAddress IP
$UDPServerRun PORT


Step 1 Use the modern syntax:
Entries in  /etc/rsyslog.d/remote.conf
  #TCP Example:
  module(load="imtcp") # needs to be done just once 
  input(type="imtcp" port="514" address="")

  #UDP Example:
  module(load="imudp") # needs to be done just once 
  input(type="imudp" port="514" address="")

Step 2 Update they rsyslog.service to start after the network
Copy /usr/lib/systemd/system/rsyslog.service to /etc/systemd/system/

In the unit section of /etc/systemd/system/rsyslog.service add these two lines:

Note: Starting rsyslog a little later should not cause a loss of log messages as long as there is no log message flood that might overflow the kernels log ring buffer. Even if there is a log message flood before rsyslog starts, the kernel log ring buffer can be increased.


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  • Document ID:000020554
  • Creation Date: 21-Jan-2022
  • Modified Date:21-Jan-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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