I know this question has been asked before, but I'm not sure how recent, and I couldn't find anything specifically addressing in a search. We'd like to:
1. collect security event logs off of our Windows servers
2. consolidate those logs if possible considering that over time they can consume considerable space.
Goal is a free tool of course. However, if none is availabe, a good tool that is REASONABLY priced would be a second best option. We'd need to run this against 25 servers that are a mixture of Server 2003 and 2008.