Monitoring Activity on Multiple Network Servers

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleStudent Report
SubjectNetwork; Server; Monitoring; Logs; Syslog
AbstractProactive monitoring of network servers is useful in predicting network problems so that they can be prevented. Log files frequently record errors which can be clues to predict larger problems. Centralized logging can be used to help monitor many log files from many servers. In this report I describe a system of centralized logging which I have set up at IOT, using freely-available standard tools, thus minimizing the training needed to maintain the system. A script is run nightly which e-mails network administrators a summary of the important log messages from all servers from the previous day. Administrators should read these e-mails and attempt to respond to every message. This can be either by fixing the problem that caused the message, or by deciding that the message is unimportant and adding it to the list of unimportant messages so that the nightly e-mail does not include it again.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada. Institute for Ocean Technology
PlaceSt. John's, NL
AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number6393
NPARC number8896205
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Record identifieracf7022c-db42-437f-88d0-fb13acfdad2e
Record created2009-04-22
Record modified2016-10-03
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