Indexing all ingested logs can be costly. Datadog Log Management decouples log ingestion and log indexing with Logging without Limits* to help you manage costs. Datadog can ingest and process all logs from all of your log sources, and you can decide which logs to store long-term using Log Forwarding, index for day-to-day analytics and monitoring using Indexes, and discard using Exclusion Filters as needed. You can also manage retention periods and daily quotes for indexed logs for finer-grained control over costs. In this course, you'll gain hands-on experience managing and monitoring indexed logs for an application using Log Indexes, Exclusion Filters, Logs Monitors, and the Log Management - Estimated Usage dashboard.

*Logging without Limits is a trademark of Datadog, Inc.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Manage retention, quotas, and filters for subsets of ingested logs with Indexes and Exclusion Filters
  • Monitor high indexed log volumes using Logs Monitors
  • Gain insights about your Log Management usage from the Log Management - Estimated Usage dashboard

Primary Audience

Developers and Datadog users who are responsible for configuring Log Management in Datadog.


  • Experience with querying and viewing log details in Datadog Log Explorer
  • Familiarity with Logs Monitors
  • Recommended: Introduction to Log Management course

Technical Requirements

In order to complete the course, you will need:

  • Google Chrome or Firefox
  • Third-party cookies must be enabled to access labs

Course Navigation

At the bottom of each lesson, click the MARK LESSON COMPLETE AND CONTINUE button so that you are marked complete for each lesson and can receive the certificate at the end of the course.

Course Enrollment Period

Please note that your enrollment in this course ends after 30 days. You can re-enroll at any time and pick up where you left off.

Course curriculum

    1. Datadog Logging without Limits

    1. Indexes

    2. Exclusion Filters

    3. Lab: Manage and Monitor Indexed Log Volumes

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Manage and Monitor Indexed Log Volumes

  • 1 hours to complete
  • 5 Lessons
  • Intermediate