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Logging and Log Management

The Authoritative Guide to Understanding the Concepts Surrounding Logging and Log Management

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Effectively analyzing large volumes of diverse logs can pose many challenges. Logging and Log Management helps to simplify this complex process using practical guidance and real-world examples. Packed with information you need to know for system, network and security logging. Log management and log analysis methods are covered in detail, including approaches to creating useful logs on systems and applications, log searching and log review.

  • Comprehensive coverage of log management including analysis, visualization, reporting and more
  • Includes information on different uses for logs -- from system operations to regulatory compliance
  • Features case Studies on syslog-ng and actual real-world situations where logs came in handy in incident response
  • Provides practical guidance in the areas of report, log analysis system selection, planning a log analysis system and log data normalization and correlation


On May 3 Craig Richards wrote: Excellent Review
This is my review of the book Logging and Log Management from O'Reilly. This is good book that explains about why you should be logging, and some ways to ensure you get a good log management system in place. There are many chapters, which are not too long in length, it is well written and all the authors have lots of experience in the their field. These are lots of good examples, and some good little code snippets that can help you out. I found one little snippet of code that is just excellent and it has now been added to the toolkit, and has actually been pulled into use recently, and sometimes just that one snippet can make the book worth the money. It has many methods covered from both a security/administrator point of view as well as compliance reasons for log management. There are case studies of where the proper collection and analysis of logs have been used in real world situations. It breaks it down into separate areas, from collection, analysis, reporting etc, and explains how if you have a good system to log effectively if they are not being reviewed/reported correctly then again it's not a worthwhile exercise. Full Review  >

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On Feb 9 John Jacob wrote: Logging and Log Management Chuvakin Schmidt and Phillips Elsevier Science
Authors Chuvakin, Schmidt and Phillips takes away that vacuum of not having an authoritative reference to start working on logs. Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar4.0

On Nov 9 John Galliano wrote: An Essential Reference for Every Sysadmin
Despite a hefty 460 pages long, Logging and Log Management: The Authoritative Guide to Understanding the Concepts Surrounding Logging and Log Management is an easy read, primarily because it’s logically organized in 22 chapters. Each chapter covers a single concept and this also makes the book a good “grab-it-off-shelf” reference. Full Review  >

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On Sep 3 Fabio Alessandro Locati wrote: Good book, sometimes seems a little out of date
Logs are one of the most powerful tools in the sysadmin hands, and probably of all kind of IT roles. This book does deep into the logs and their management. One of the aspects that I really liked about this book is the division of the text in chapters. Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar4.0

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