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10 Jun

How To Consume User Action Logs From The PLA


Here’s a step-by-step guide for how SevOne’s Performance Log Appliance (PLA) can monitor SevOne user action logs. By monitoring these logs, you’ll be able to create reports based on user activity over a specific platform peer.

You can track user logins, report edits, device deletions and many more user actions in the platform. These types of logs are usually quite verbose, and processing them manually may be quite tedious when you want to extract specific information or analyze a distinct pattern.

Requirements to move ahead: SevOne 5.6 and PLA 2.1

Let’s start by downloading the application key from SevOne Connect. You will need a free registration to be able to download the key. Don’t worry, it’s quick and easy.

After you login, go to the following link and from the download button, select “Download the Application Key Data.”


Now let’s go to the PLA and prepare the environment. First we will have to import the application key that we downloaded. Go to the Settings=>Application keys section and use the Import Application Key button to upload the key.


Now you’re ready to move on to Data Inputs and prepare the listener for the data flow. Click on the button Add Data Input and a step-by-step drop-down wizard will open to the right. On the Retrieval Method, select Syslog. On Syslog Options section, check the UDP and PLA Syslog options. Do not modify the port, just remember it, because you will use it later. From the Application Keys section, select the key that we’ve previously uploaded, and click the down arrow in order to add it. You can leave the other field values as they are.


Now that you’ve completed the PLA setup, it’s time to configure the SevOne Appliance. Go to Administration=>Cluster Settings, select the Syslog tab, and click on the Add Syslog Destination button. You can name it whatever you want, but make sure that you enter the correct PLA IP address and port number – the one you wrote down and remembered earlier. For protocol, select UDP and click the Update button to apply the changes.

Now you are ready to create reports and investigate what users are doing on the SevOne platform.


Written by Nikolay Baklicharov
Senior Software Engineer

Nikolay Baklicharov is a senior software engineer at SevOne. He joined SevOne in August 2013, and has been working professionally as a software developer since 2008. In this role, he has gained a high-level understanding of C++ and networking experience, as well as various other technologies. He enjoys continuing to improve his network knowledge at SevOne.

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