Logging from HP NonStop to Elasticsearch cluster

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This article demonstrates the fundamental milestones to get a decent log reporting on the HP NonStop to an Elasticsearch cluster. The HP NonStop itself offers with OSS an minimal Linux OS on top of the Guardian layer. Following articles involves the configuration on the HP NonStop (sending party) to the Linux Server, that runs Logstash and Elasticsearch (receiving party). We will also call the HP NonStop Tandem, for clarification.

The scenario

This article needs a basic understanding of Logstash and HP NonStop OSS. The circumstances are: My company has a HP NonStop (Itanium architecture).

On the Tandem machine, several tomcat web applications are running and logging. Viewing the log files with tail under OSS is a pain in the .. you know where :wink: . So the basic idea is to report the log files to elasticsearch and view them with Kibana.

The HP NonStop isn’t capable of running logstash (problems with JRuby), logstash-forwarder or filebeat (written in Go). There is an unofficial logstash forwarder implementation in github.

This program was written for the IBM AIX and fits the purpose of running basic Java applications on the Itanium architecture.

Getting started

Before we may begin we need to create self signed SSL certificates, that are essential for the logstash forwarder protocol lumberjack and the logstash input configuration.

Logstash supports all certificates, including self-signed certificates. To generate a certificate, we run the following command on the Linux Server (receiving party):

$ openssl req -x509 -batch -nodes -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout logstash-forwarder.key -out logstash-forwarder.crt -days 365

This will generate a key at logstash-forwarder.key and the 1-year valid certificate at logstash-forwarder.crt. Both the server that is running logstash-forwarder as well as the logstash instances receiving logs will require these files on disk to verify the authenticity of messages. That means we have to distribute it also on the Tandem (the sending party). The logstash forwarder also needs a Java Keystore. We create a new one with the self-signed certificate

keytool -importcert -trustcacerts -file logstash-forwarder.crt -alias ca -keystore keystore.jks

The command will ask for a password, just the use the default changeit for simplicity. You may choose another password, but keep in mind to remember it.

Configure logstash

Logstash, that runs on the Linux Server, needs a lumberjack input configuration:

input {
  lumberjack {
    port => 5400
    ssl_certificate => "/opt/logstash-2.2.1/logstash-forwarder.crt"
    ssl_key => "/opt/logstash-2.2.1/logstash-forwarder.key"

We just choose the free port 5400 for simplicity.

The output may be elasticsearch or for testing just stdout.

output {
    elasticsearch {
        host => ""
        protocol => "http"
        port => 9200
        index => "tandem-%{+YYYY.MM.dd}"
    stdout {
        codec => rubydebug

Of course can also apply custom filters, but for simplicity I leave it out the equation.

The HP NonStop side

The first obstacle under OSS is to setup the correct Java environment:

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/tandem/java7.0
export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin

Allowing programmes to use the TCP/IP stack is a special case, and had to be done:

add_define =tcpip^process^name class=map file=\$ZKIP

We assign the current OSS to the process name $ZKIP, that allows us to talk with the Linux Server on the outgoing site. You may have to replace the process name with your respective process name on your Tandem/HP NonStop.

Download the latest release from above github repository and upload it to the HP NonStop.

Configure the forwarder

I put the SSL certificates under the same folder of the logstash-forwarder. The forwarder needs a configuration, which files he should tail and forward to.

An example:

   "network": {
     "servers": [ "" ],
     "ssl certificate": "/opt/logstash-forwarder/logstash-forwarder.crt",
     "ssl key": "/opt/logstash-forwarder/logstash-forwarder.key",
     "ssl ca": "/opt/logstash-forwarder/keystore.jks",
     "timeout": 15
   "files": [
       "paths": [
       "fields": { "type": "logs" }
     }, {
       "paths": [
       "fields": { "type": "logs" }

Start the forwarder

After that we can start the java logstash forwarder with the defined configuration:

nohup java -jar logstash-forwarder-java-0.2.3.jar -config config > forwarder.log 2> error.log &

On the receiving site or Kibana you should see the incoming messages flying in.

Final steps

After testing successfully the log forwarding you may configure a new pathway server to run the application automatically.

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