How to forward logs to external collector

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Marta Gina Coscia

Jan 19, 2023, 6:45:44 AM1/19/23
Hi all,

I need to collect pods and cluster logs of my okd cluster and forward them to an external collector.

From the documentation it is required to use a Redhat pull secret to enable Redhat-operators catalog on OKD and configure RedHat Openshift Cluster Logging.

The questions are:

1.) My cluster is OKD, community cluster, what happens if I enable the  Redhat-operators catalog? Do I need to pay for it?
2.) Is there a way to configure a cluster log forwarder without Operators?



Kai-Uwe Rommel

Jan 20, 2023, 1:52:28 AM1/20/23
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It is not entirely clear but most people would tend to say that you would need to have a subscription.

I have seen other people use alternative solutions, such as fluentbit together with OpenSearch. I have not yet done this myself.
In OperatorHub I have seen the community based Logging Operator from Opstree which apparently can also be used to deploy the traditional components Elasticsearch, Fluentd and Kibana, much like Red Hat's Loging Operator.
I have also not used this myself yet. But I am also currently collecting information about such alternative solutions for a community products based logging stack.

Brett Tofel

Jan 21, 2023, 2:02:11 AM1/21/23
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The Cluster Logging Operator is in the Red Hat paid catalog and I didn't immediately see it in the Community catalog. But top of the README.MD here ( it says it is the OKD logging solution. You could for sure simply install from a clone of that repo. But you ought to be able to do this with OLM as well...
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