Install Vector On Windows

This document will cover installing Vector on Windows.

Install

The daemon deployment strategy is designed for data collection on a single host. Vector runs in the background, in its own process, collecting all data for that host. Typically data is collected from a process manager, such as Journald via Vector's journald source, but can be collected through any of Vector's sources. The following diagram demonstrates how it works.

Vector daemon deployment strategyVector daemon deployment strategy
1. Your service logs to STDOUT
STDOUT follows the 12 factor principles.
2. STDOUT is captured
STDOUT is captured by your platform.
3. Vector collects & fans-out data
Vector collects data from your platform.

  1. Download the Vector .msi file

    powershell Invoke-WebRequest https://packages.timber.io/vector/0.10.X/vector-x64.msi -OutFile vector-x64.msi

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  2. Install the Vector .msi package using msiexec command

    msiexec /i vector-x64.msi /quiet
  3. Navigate to the Vector directory

    cd "C:\Program Files\Vector"
  4. Configure Vector

    Where do you want to send your data?
    Console
    cat <<-VECTORCFG > config\vector.toml
    [sources.in]
    include = ["/var/log/nginx/*.log"] # required
    type = "file" # required
    [sinks.out]
    # Encoding
    encoding.codec = "json" # required
    # General
    inputs = ["in"] # required
    type = "console" # required
    VECTORCFG
    explain this command
  5. Start Vector

    .\bin\vector --config config\vector.toml