Seq is extremely fast and easy to set up in its default configuration, and going to production isn't much harder. There are a few things to take care of that will ensure smooth, secure operation of Seq as a critical part of your operations infrastructure.
Use the handy checklist below to make sure nothing is missed.
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Seq needs enough hardware capacity to perform under the expected load. There are some rules of thumb to help make an initial estimate.
Windows Server 2012 R2 or better is needed.
Choose a Storage Location
Choose a location on disk where Seq will store log data. On cloud VMs, an option with local redundancy is recommended (e.g. an attached data disk on Azure).
Obtain and Install an SSL Certificate
Unless SSL is terminated at a load balancer, a certificate will be needed for the domain Seq is hosted on.
Install Seq from MSI on the target server. Use the Seq Service Administration wizard to select a URI to listen on, and to bind the SSL certificate. Set a strong password.
Configure an Ingestion Port
If the server accepts events from the open Internet, setting up a dedicated port for ingestion can assist with firewall/load balancer/security group configuration.
Set a Canonical URI
If the server is behind a load balancer/reverse proxy, set
Save your Secret Encryption Key
On the Seq server, run
Connect your Seq Subscription
Paste your Seq subscription license key into Settings > License and save changes.
Configure the Backup Location
Under Settings > Backup, make sure daily backups are stored to an appropriate drive. Make sure that the Seq service account (
Require API Keys
We recommend all apps logging to Seq use a distinct API key; enforce this under Settings > API Keys.
Configure Retention Policies
Make sure at least one retention policy is configured, so that disk space isn't exhausted.
Exclude Log Storage from Virus Scanning
Seq stores log data in the
Open ports in Windows Firewall
For the Seq UI and ingestion endpoints to be visible across the network, the ports on which Seq is served need to be opened in Windows Firewall (or your chosen firewall software).
Consider Configuring an Authentication Provider with 2FA
Seq's built-in username/password authentication provider does not support two-factor authentication; configuring a provider with 2FA is highly recommended, whenever possible.
The Seq support team is here to help if you have questions, or if you run into any trouble.
Check out our Azure installation guide if you're installing Seq in Microsoft Azure.
Updated 8 months ago