The secrets to system log management success

Proper system log management is a fine art, but it takes tedious adjustments to get things working as they should. Learn ways to get the most out of your system logs.

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Maintaining system logs is a key responsibility for system administrators tasked with keeping devices up and running with as little downtime as possible. Properly tuned logs can monitor for impending problems (for instance hard drives anticipated to fail or quickly filling up) and alert appropriate staff so they can address minor issues before they become major emergencies.

I’ve used Splunk for several years because it offers the features I consider essential to appropriate and efficient log management. It offers a centralized web-based interface on a server to which all systems send their respective log files and…

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