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Old 12-29-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Ideal syslog or network management platform


Folks,

Our small home network has grown quite a bit over the past few years, to the point where we now have 2 Linux servers, a Mac server, 3 managed switches, a firewall, a gateway router, Wireless controller with 4 access points, a few printers and a RAID6-SAN.

All of these are generating their own logs and warnings that its getting difficult to get a complete picture from.

I have as a start set all devices to use syslog for logging to a central Linux server. However, that syslog is getting swamped with everything ranging from DHCP requests to information about neighbouring wireless domains.

Can anyone recommend a good system to aggregate all logging/warning information that is relevant (such as router about to run out of memory, a harddisk failing on the NAS etc), and give a good health overview of the network with devices?

Any insight will be very welcome - thanks much!

-y1
 
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Apart from tuning each device to only emit messages of a certain level and using the right Syslog implementation (I favor Rsyslog for filtering and saving logs to different files but others may find Syslog-ng easier) you could see if using (instances of?) Logwatch (still) works for you. There'll come a point where you'll want to move to LogAnalyzer (see Rsyslog) or Splunk or its equivalents. "Health" IMHO is best implemented using SW like Nagios or equivalent.
 
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:56 AM   #3
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Thanks much! I'll start researching rsyslog right away. Perhaps in combination with Nagios, but that appears to be a beast to configure, especially for a home network that has already slightly(!) overgrown its purpose but has turned into a fun hobby :-)
 
  


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