KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

 

CENTRALIZED LOGGING

Presented by Adam Williams

The PDF file of this presentation is at this URL:
http://www.whitemiceconsulting.com/node/103

Adam Williams used his Toshiba laptop running OpenSuSE
v10.x and the SVGA projector to display 26 slides prepared
with OpenOffice.org Impress about cross-platform network
system level logging. He was wearing a t-shirt that declared
that "open source is addictive." The often apparent smile on
Adam’s face indicates that this is a very positive addiction.

Adam’s presentation covered setting up syslog and syslog-ng
clients to record to a centralized syslog-ng log server. The
pipe function is used to deliver the data to the destination.

This can log the activity of both Windows and Linux systems.
On the central server the logs can be recorded to basically
any store, but in this case the example will be a PostgreSQL
database. Storing your logs into an SQL database provides a
great deal of functionality in regards to analysis and system

reporting.

DbVisualizer is a cross-platform database visualization and
management tool. This is the program that Adam uses to view

the syslog data after conversion by the SQL creating script.
Just point and click to browse the SQL data from syslog -ng.

More about syslog –ng:
http://www.balabit.com/products/syslog-ng/

More about DbVisualizer:
http://www.minq.se/products/dbvis/

More:
Centralized Logging
http://linuxlabs.biz/articles/syslog.htm

winlogd –
Windows syslog client that sends Event Log to syslog server
http://edoceo.com/products/winlogd.php


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