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NewsForge: The Eighth Commandment of System Administration

Jun 14, 2005, 07:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Warshawsky)

"A system log is one of the most effective ways to monitor a server's health and underlying problems. Often before a major hardware or application crash takes place there are indicators of impending disaster within the syslog. As a good and attentive administrator, you should be reviewing your logs on a regular basis, but oftentimes these logs are forgotten due to other duties or important data is lost within pages of white noise telling about normal events.

"VIII. Thou shalt not lose system logs when a server dies..."

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