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Blog > Automatically detect new systems, only when you want to

Automatically detect new systems, only when you want to

Posted by By telliott on July 29, 2011

One of our more popular features just got better. If you’ve used Papertrail’s “Cloud Log Destinations,” you know that Papertrail can automatically detect when new systems come online and start generating logs.

When a system starts logging to your cloud destination, Papertrail detects its new hostname and adds it for you. It’s ideal for environments with lots of systems or with short-lived systems or VM instances.

Frequent users may have noticed 2 recent changes:

  • These cloud destinations are now the default rather than an alternative. If you’re new to Papertrail, you’ll automatically be using one (and you won’t see the term “cloud destinations,” only “log destinations”). Per-system configuration on Papertrail is rarely required.
  • When a given environment has reached a stable set of systems, flip a switch to make Papertrail ignore new hostnames instead of auto-adding them. In the Log Destinations tab within Account, each destination has:

We’re always interested in how this can be better or easier. Enjoy!