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RootPrompt.org: Watching Your Logs - How to automate your log filtering

May 17, 2000, 20:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lance Spitzner)

[ Thanks to Noel for this link. ]

"Where to begin? The best place to start is with a plan. There are three steps to planning for automated logging. The first step is define what you want to know. Determine what information you need out of your system logs. The second step is to identify which logs contain that information. The third step is identifying the trigger, what defines the critical information?"

"Logs are a critical asset to successfully running your systems. They tell us what is and what is not happening. However, logs can be extremely copious, quickly overwhelming us with information. Soon they become useless files that just fill up disk space. This article will cover how to solve this by automating the filtering of your logs, freeing up your time while alerting you with the information you need."

"Logs are an incredible asset, unfortunately they are often ignored. You have too little time to review too much information. Wouldn?t it be nice to automate the process, a process that reviews the logs for you, then notifies you with only the information you need. Well, we are going to do just that. I am going to cover how to filter your logs for the information you need, then implement a notification system."

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