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If you cannot find an existing ServerTemplate from the MultiCloud Marketplace that you can clone and modify to meet your own needs, it's strongly recommended that you start your custom ServerTemplate development with one of the "base" ServerTemplates that already contain the minimum set of scripts and alerts for optimized server management through the RightScale management platform. For example, the ServerTemplate contains scripts for setting up monitoring on the server so that you can view the real-time graphs in the Dashboard and create alert specifications for automation. It also contains a set of best practices alerts that are preconfigured under the Alerts tab.
The "Base" ServerTemplate contains the minimum set of scripts that are required for optimal server management within the RightScale management platform. It's recommended that you do not delete any of these scripts from a ServerTemplate unless you are an advanced user and are aware of the ramifications.
The minimum set of scripts in the "Base" ServerTemplate are found in most ServerTemplates published by RightScale and perform the following setup operations:
As a general best practice, any new scripts that you add to the ServerTemplate should be added to the bottom of the existing Boot Scripts runlist.
By default, the SYS Logrotate configure script configures a server to store log data locally (/var/log/messages). But when you terminate the instance, all of its logs will be lost. So, if it's necessary to preserve log data after an instance is terminated, you can easily configure the server to send its logs to a central logging server or service by setting a few required inputs.
There are a few different types of logging configurations.
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