Log File Management

KeyServer's essential software usage and computer logon data is recorded in a single structured file called "Usage Log" which is located at the top level of the KeyServer Data Folder. This file is used to produce reports in KeyConfigure or KeyReporter.

The "Log File Management" dialog in the Config Menu is unrelated to the Usage Log - rather, it controls what is written to two types of text log. One is a diagnostic log and should only be used when requested by Sassafras Tech Support. The other "Legacy Logs" duplicate much of the information which is written to the Usage Log, but in a much older and less useful format.

Finally there is an Admin Journal that records certain types of Events. Conceptually this is a bit similar to a Log File, but is named distinctly and should not lead to any confusion.

Diagnostic Log

The diagnostic log can be useful to Sassafras Tech Support but won't be very informative to the KeyServer Administrator. The options in this pane control how much data is written to the diagnostic log. The default values are Verbose, 1024, and Notice for all remaining drop-downs. Write to Disk Immediately is unchecked by default. You should not change any of these settings unless instructed by Sassafras Tech Support.

Legacy Logs

There are several options available for organizing your log files. KeyServer's default is to swap log files every month, and to save old logs until there is no more disk space. It may be more useful to maintain separate logs for each day or week, depending on your KeyServer's usage load. You may also want to throw out old logs, by using the Delete on Auto-Swap option. The auto-swap options start a new log file at midnight after a specified number of days have passed, or alternately, after a log file has grown to a certain size.

You may also want to use this dialog to change what information is written to the log, since much of it is now repeated in the more flexible Usage Log. See the section on Log File Contents below for more information.

Disk space and Auto-Swap

KeyServer's log files grow with any client activity, and might eventually use up all disk space on the KeyServer computer. Before this happens, you must make room for a new log file either by using the Delete... button, or by telling KeyServer to automatically delete old log files (you may also manually delete old log files). You may wish to keep a compression utility on the KeyServer machine, and periodically compress old log files. However, you will not be able to delete compressed log files from within KeyConfigure.

The Auto-Swap at nnn Kbytes option keeps the size of your log files reasonable. When used with the Delete on Auto-Swap option, the KeyServer limits the amount of space used for its log files. This may be especially important when the KeyServer is running on the same computer as a file server.

You may also instruct the KeyServer to auto-swap the log file on a certain day. For example, you might want the swap to take place every Sunday night. The swap will always take place immediately after midnight on the date specified. To do this, check the Auto-Swap on button.

Whenever the log files are auto-swapped, the KeyServer performs the following steps:

Delete on Auto-Swap

To maintain a complete record of KeyServer log transactions, leave the Delete on Auto-Swap option un-checked. To always keep a limited amount of log data, check off this option.

Log File Contents

The Log File Contents section contains a menu of settings, each of which enables a certain amount of information to enter the log file. You should select a setting that best suits your needs and desired use of the log file. The more information saved in the log file, the faster it will fill up your disk.

The following list details the information that is placed in the log file:

A large KeyServer installation with many Policies will find that their log files can quickly grow large. Since the events recorded in the KSUsage database are used by reports, you may want to configure Log Files for Diagnostic Info Only.