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Guys can anyone please recommend on the best free syslog product available?
It can be a virtual appliance or an install-able software, but has to be free.

Thanks in advance!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Splunk is the best and free up to 500MB a day Indexed

http://www.splunk.com/

VMware does supply one free, its very basic.

We use Splunk for ALL our servers, network, devices, the timeline is execellent
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KIWI

have also used whats up gold -- its OK

and PRTG - ehh
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Kiwi Syslog Server now owned by Solarwinds, is no longer free!
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by:IT_Group1
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Thanks
Does splunk can act as a monitor as well?
We've considered using zabbix.
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true - I forgot
but I still have a copy.....
I think you can still get a trial copy right?

but Splunk is not bad

I also used correlog
packettrap
syslog watcher

check CNET for top free SYSLOG downloaded to get other people opinions.....
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Yes, you can feed ALL Windows events also into Splunk, and everything appears on the timeline, and setup emails alerts, if you've never used Splunk, you are in for a treat.

All events, in one place! To search, report, and alert and email on!
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Kiwi Syslog - Yes, trial for a few days, and then £200!

Years ago, when it was under Kiwi Tools, you could registered for a free license, but no longer!

The biggest issue with Syslog, is you can end up collecting mountains of information, but only a small amount will you need to alert on.

So finding a Syslog Server which can Alert on specific info is vital, otherwise you email Inbox of SMS Phone will be flooded with Alerts!

and you will not then be able to "see the wood for the trees"
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Thanks guys!!
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