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Galaxy CI Ansible Ansible Ansible

Graylog Ansible Role

Requirements

  • Ansible (> 2.5.0)
  • At least 4gb of memory on the target instance.
    • Linux
      • Currently tested against:
        • Ubuntu 18.04
        • Ubuntu 20.04
        • Centos 7
        • Centos 8

To install the role, run:

ansible-galaxy install graylog2.graylog

Dependencies

Graylog has the following dependencies:

See the official Graylog documentation for more details on these requirements.

Be certain you are running a supported version of Elasticsearch. You can configure what version of Elasticsearch Ansible will install with the es_version variable. Running Graylog against an unsupported version of Elasticsearch can break your instance!

Compatibility Matrix

Graylog version 3.x 4.x
Elasticsearch 5-6 6.8 - 7.10

You will need to these Ansible role dependencies:

To install them, run:

ansible-galaxy install -r <GRAYLOG ROLE_DIRECTORY>/requirements.yml

Example Playbook

Here is an example playbook that uses this role. This is a single-instance configuration. It installs Java, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, and Graylog onto the same server.

- hosts: "all"
  remote_user: "ubuntu"
  become: True
  vars:
    #Elasticsearch vars
    es_major_version: "7.x"
    es_version: "7.10.2"
    es_enable_xpack: False
    es_instance_name: "graylog"
    es_heap_size: "1g"
    es_config:
      node.name: "graylog"
      cluster.name: "graylog"
      http.port: 9200
      transport.tcp.port: 9300
      network.host: "127.0.0.1"
      discovery.seed_hosts: "localhost:9300"
      cluster.initial_master_nodes: "graylog"
    oss_version: True
    es_action_auto_create_index: False

    #Graylog vars
    graylog_version: 4.2
    graylog_install_java: True
    graylog_password_secret: "" # Insert your own here. Generate with: pwgen -s 96 1
    graylog_root_password_sha2: "" # Insert your own root_password_sha2 here.
    graylog_http_bind_address: "{{ ansible_default_ipv4.address }}:9000"
    graylog_http_publish_uri: "http://{{ ansible_default_ipv4.address }}:9000/"
    graylog_http_external_uri: "http://{{ ansible_default_ipv4.address }}:9000/"

  roles:
    - role: "graylog2.graylog"
      tags:
        - "graylog"

Remember to generate a unique password_secret and root_password_sha2 for your instance.

To generate password_secret:

pwgen -s 96 1

To generate root_password_sha2:

  echo -n "Enter Password: " && head -1 </dev/stdin | tr -d '\n' | sha256sum | cut -d" " -f1

Example Playbook - Cluster

Here is an example that deploys a Graylog cluster, like the one mentioned on the architecture page of our documentation.

In our Ansible hosts file, we have 3 instances for the Elasticsearch cluster and 3 instances for the Graylog cluster:

[elasticsearch]
elasticsearch01
elasticsearch02
elasticsearch03

[graylog]
graylog01
graylog02
graylog03

First, we deploy the Elasticsearch cluster. Note that this doesn't configure authentication or HTTPS. For a production instance, you would likely want that.

- hosts: "elasticsearch"
  vars:
    es_major_version: "7.x"
    es_version: "7.10.2"
    es_enable_xpack: False
    es_instance_name: "graylog"
    es_heap_size: "1g"
    es_config:
      node.name: "{{ ansible_hostname }}"
      cluster.name: "graylog"
      http.port: 9200
      transport.port: 9300
      network.host: "0.0.0.0"
      discovery.seed_hosts: "elasticsearch01:9300, elasticsearch02:9300, elasticsearch03:9300"
      cluster.initial_master_nodes: "elasticsearch01, elasticsearch02, elasticsearch03"
    oss_version: True
    es_action_auto_create_index: False

  roles:
    - role: "elastic.elasticsearch"

Next, we'll deploy three MongoDB instances and configure them as a Replica Set. This is done with the MongoDB community collection.

These MongoDB instances will live on the Graylog servers, as they are not expected to consume much resources.

Again, this doesn't configure authentication in MongoDB. You may want that for a production cluster.

- hosts: "graylog"
  vars:
    mongodb_version: "4.4"
    bind_ip: "0.0.0.0"
    repl_set_name: "rs0"
    authorization: "disabled"
  roles:
    - community.mongodb.mongodb_repository
    - community.mongodb.mongodb_mongod
  tasks:
    - name: "Start MongoDB"
      service:
        name: "mongod"
        state: "started"
        enabled: "yes"

- hosts: "graylog01"
  tasks:
    - name: "Install PyMongo"
      apt:
        update_cache: yes
        name: "python3-pymongo"
        state: "latest"
    - name: Configure replicaset
      community.mongodb.mongodb_replicaset:
        login_host: "localhost"
        replica_set: "rs0"
        members:
        - graylog01
        - graylog02
        - graylog03

Finally, we install Graylog.

- hosts: "graylog"
  vars:
    graylog_is_master: "{{ True if ansible_hostname == 'graylog01' else False }}"
    graylog_version: 4.2
    graylog_install_java: False
    graylog_install_elasticsearch: False
    graylog_install_mongodb: False
    graylog_password_secret: "" # Insert your own here. Generate with: pwgen -s 96 1
    graylog_root_password_sha2: "" # Insert your own root_password_sha2 here.
    graylog_http_bind_address: "{{ ansible_default_ipv4.address }}:9000"
    graylog_http_publish_uri: "http://{{ ansible_default_ipv4.address }}:9000/"
    graylog_http_external_uri: "http://{{ ansible_default_ipv4.address }}:9000/"
    graylog_elasticsearch_hosts: "http://elasticsearch01:9200,http://elasticsearch02:9200,http://elasticsearch03:9200"
    graylog_mongodb_uri: "mongodb://graylog01:27017,graylog02:27017,graylog03:27017/graylog"

  roles:
    - role: "graylog2.graylog"

We set graylog_install_elasticsearch: False and graylog_install_mongodb: False so the Graylog role doesn't try to install Elasticsearch and MongoDB. Those flags are intended for single-instance installs.

The full example can be seen here. Our documentation has more in-depth advice on configuring a multi-node Graylog setup.

Role Variables

A list of all available role variables is documented here.

Testing

We run smoke tests for Graylog using this role. Documentation on that can be found here

Author Information

Author: Marius Sturm (marius@graylog.com) and contributors

License

Apache 2.0