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Recommendation for a SysLog Server for use with Sonicwall TZ 200

Posted on 2011-09-09
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I am looking for a recommendation for a syslog server for use with a sonicwall TZ 200 appliance.  Something readily easy to use search capability.  One of our techs has used the Kiwi SysLog server in the past.  I suspect this isn't even much of an issue, but thought I'd ask.
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If you are licensed, I'd recommend Sonicwall's ViewPoint software. Nothing else is going to get you the summarized reports for every aspect of the sonicwall like ViewPoint. If you've purchased into some of the licensing on your sonicwall appliance, then you may already have a license for it. Go to Security Services > Status and you should see if you are licensed for it or not.
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by:nativevlan
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KiwiSyslog is really basic and does its job, also free. Lacking somewhat in searches and getting a good graphical representation of a timeline of events. If you have the budget I opt for Splunk, better search and much better interface. My $.02.
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by:MikeKane
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I use any linux host running rsyslog and LogAnalyzer.     All opensource.  

I guess this depends lot upon any specific needs you have....  

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by:conlin
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As part of becoming HIPPA and PCI compliant we are required to save the logs and be able to search across them.  To what detail level I don't know yet.  Our experience with Kiwi was very limited.  Same with ViewPoint.  I guess what is important is that we are able to utilize/search across all the data coming out of the sonicwall.  Viewpoint makes sense in that regard since it is a Sonicwall product.  Just want to know if there are other, better options.
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In my experience, almost right out of the gate, ViewPoint gives you all that information without a lot of up front configurations. I've setup several of those servers so if you need any direction there, myself and others here can give you great direction.
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by:conlin
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Since we have not made a final decision nor have yet implemented any product, it becomes difficult to definitively grade the accuracy of the responses.  That said, we currently feel ViewPoint becomes the sensable first product to implement to see how well it fits with our needs.  Thanks to all who recommended various products.
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