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Lab 1 - Installing a Collector

To stream data into Sumo Logic for viewing and analysis, you first set up an installed collector and sources. 

An installed collector is a lightweight software package that you install on host machines in your environment to collect data from those machines, and a source specifies the type of data to collect.

In the next steps, you will install a collector from the Collection page, which gives you the most options and flexibility.  But before you begin, you’ll need an download the collector and generate an access ID and key so the collector you install can authenticate to the Sumo Logic service.

Download the Collector package
  1. Sign in to Sumo Logic, if you’re not already signed in.  From the left navigation pane, open the Collection page. Select:  Manage Data-> Collection
  2. On the top right corner, click Add Collector

  3. Click Installed Collector.

  4. Select your operating system (please note this will install a collector on the machine you are performing the labs on).  For this lab, we will show how to install using the UI installer, which is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS. When you click an operating system option, the installation file downloads automatically. After the download completes, you can run the UI installer. 


Generate an access key:
  1. Click your name on the left navigation pane, and go to the Preferences page
  2. Click Add Access Key in the My Access Keys section.

  3. Add a label for the access key, and click Create Key using prod_webserver_<your_name> for the Access Key Name.

  4. Sumo generates the ID and key. You will need them on the next step, so copy them to a secure location as they won’t be available again in the UI. Click Done.


Install the collector
  1. Open the downloaded installer file. If prompted, enter the root or Administrator username and password for your local machine.
  2. Click Next on the Welcome page.

  3. Accept the license agreement and click Next.

  4. Browse to select a location for the collector or accept the default and click Next to install the Collector files on your machine. The installer presents a confirmation screen.

  5. Click Advanced Settings.

  6. We will be changing the collector name to  prod_webserver_<your_name>. Use the default value for the rest of the settings. If you want to use a different name for any of the settings, take note of them as you will need them when adding a source. 

  7. Click Next.

  8. Click Next at the confirmation screen


  9. Select Access Key as the option to connect the collector to the Sumo Logic service and click Next.

  10. Paste in the Access ID and key that you generated before starting the collector installation, and click Next.Installed Collector 5.png

  11. The installer confirms the connection to the Sumo Logic service and completes the installation. Click Finish to close the installer.

  12. Close the Add Installer Collector dialog to return to the Manage Data > Collection > Collection page. You should now be able to find the collector you have just installed by searching for your name.