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Version: v2.7

rancher-logging Helm Chart Options

Enable/Disable Windows Node Logging

You can enable or disable Windows node logging by setting to either true or false in the values.yaml.

By default, Windows node logging will be enabled if the Cluster Dashboard UI is used to install the logging application on a Windows cluster.

In this scenario, setting to false will disable Windows node logging on the cluster. When disabled, logs will still be collected from Linux nodes within the Windows cluster.


Currently an issue exists where Windows nodeAgents are not deleted when performing a helm upgrade after disabling Windows logging in a Windows cluster. In this scenario, users may need to manually remove the Windows nodeAgents if they are already installed.

Working with a Custom Docker Root Directory

If using a custom Docker root directory, you can set global.dockerRootDirectory in values.yaml.

This will ensure that the Logging CRs created will use your specified path rather than the default Docker data-root location.

Note that this only affects Linux nodes.

If there are any Windows nodes in the cluster, the change will not be applicable to those nodes.

Adding NodeSelector Settings and Tolerations for Custom Taints

You can add your own nodeSelector settings and add tolerations for additional taints by editing the logging Helm chart values. For details, see this page.

Enabling the Logging Application to Work with SELinux


Logging v2 was tested with SELinux on RHEL/CentOS 7 and 8.

Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is a security enhancement to Linux. After being historically used by government agencies, SELinux is now industry standard and is enabled by default on CentOS 7 and 8.

To use Logging v2 with SELinux, we recommend installing the rancher-selinux RPM according to these instructions.

Then, when installing the logging application, configure the chart to be SELinux aware by changing global.seLinux.enabled to true in the values.yaml.

Additional Logging Sources

By default, Rancher collects logs for control plane components and node components for all cluster types.

In some cases, Rancher may be able to collect additional logs.

The following table summarizes the sources where additional logs may be collected for each node types:

Logging SourceLinux Nodes (including in Windows cluster)Windows Nodes

To enable hosted Kubernetes providers as additional logging sources, enable Enable enhanced cloud provider logging option when installing or upgrading the Logging Helm chart.

When enabled, Rancher collects all additional node and control plane logs the provider has made available, which may vary between providers

If you're already using a cloud provider's own logging solution such as AWS CloudWatch or Google Cloud operations suite (formerly Stackdriver), it is not necessary to enable this option as the native solution will have unrestricted access to all logs.

Systemd Configuration

In Rancher logging, SystemdLogPath must be configured for K3s and RKE2 Kubernetes distributions.

K3s and RKE2 Kubernetes distributions log to journald, which is the subsystem of systemd that is used for logging. In order to collect these logs, the systemdLogPath needs to be defined. While the run/log/journal directory is used by default, some Linux distributions do not default to this path. For example, Ubuntu defaults to var/log/journal. To determine your systemdLogPath configuration, see steps below.

Steps for Systemd Configuration:

  • Run cat /etc/systemd/journald.conf | grep -E ^\#?Storage | cut -d"=" -f2 on one of your nodes.
  • If persistent is returned, your systemdLogPath should be /var/log/journal.
  • If volatile is returned, your systemdLogPath should be /run/log/journal.
  • If auto is returned, check if /var/log/journal exists.
    • If /var/log/journal exists, then use /var/log/journal.
    • If /var/log/journal does not exist, then use /run/log/journal.

If any value not described above is returned, Rancher Logging will not be able to collect control plane logs. To address this issue, you will need to perform the following actions on every control plane node:

  • Set Storage=volatile in journald.conf.
  • Reboot your machine.
  • Set systemdLogPath to /run/log/journal.