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Log File Analysis Tool for Monitoring Text-based Log Files and Identifying Certain Strings or Key Words

Last Modified: 2012-06-21
My company uses both firewall and event log analyzers.  However, we have a number of heterogeneous application servers that produce text based log files.  These log files often contain very useful information that could warn us when an application server has experienced an anomaly and may be on its way to crashing.

The event log analyzer we use performs real-time monitoring for Windows servers, IIS servers, SQL Server, Oracle, etc.  Howerver, it cannot monitor text based log files.  I've searched for event log analyzers that can monitor text based log files, but I'm having trouble sifting through the thousands of hits/products that make far-fetched claims about what they can do.

I'm interested to know if anyone can recommend an event log analysis tool that can monitor any text based log file in real time.  The analysis tool would need to support reporting and email alerts.  It would also need the ability to search for certain pre-defined strings or keywords.  Finally, it would need to support Windows 2003 and 2008 server platforms - my company only uses Windows servers.

Thank you in advance!
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