Dimension vs Log Server

Hopefully an easy question to answer...
Does Dimension replace the need for the Log Server?
Would there be any benefit for running both?


  • Q. Does Dimension replace the need for the Log Server?
    A. yes
    Q. Would there be any benefit for running both?
    A. Dimension requires a current LiveSecurity license.
    WSM Log & Report servers do not

  • Excellent. Thank you Bruce.

  • James_CarsonJames_Carson Moderator, WatchGuard Representative

    In addition to what Bruce mentioned, the legacy log/report server also has a web services API that allows other things to query it.


    It's very bare bones, but if you wanted to do that sort of thing, would allow you to get raw data to generate your own reports. Dimension only allows access to its database if you stand up an external database server

    Dimension is much more self-contained in its own VM, so it tends to not suffer from database corruption issues that were relatively common in the Windows version of LRS.

    If you have the disk space and CPU time, running both certainly won't hurt anything. Dimension should perform better and have more features, but both will database log messages just fine if set up correctly.

    -James Carson
    WatchGuard Customer Support

  • James, thanks.
    I use the Log Server but haven't, until now, considered Dimension. Consider it a 'New Year resolution'... I'm going to install and have a look at what Dimension can do.

  • James_CarsonJames_Carson Moderator, WatchGuard Representative
    edited January 10

    If you'd just like to have a look around, our sales team keeps a demo instance of it running for users to see everything.

    user - demo
    pass - visibility

    The 'webdemo' firewall is the one you'll want to look at as it's logging. It's a read only environment, so you won't be able to make any changes, but it does show what it looks like.

    -James Carson
    WatchGuard Customer Support

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