too much Syslog alerts

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too much Syslog alerts

Veeam Logoby Bruno Varini » Fri May 20, 2011 12:06 pm

Hello,
in our SCOM is activated the nworks ESX Host Syslog: Error Alert and we have a lot of alerts.
Is there a events collection for these alerts, so we can analyse them in a Report?

thanks
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Re: too much Syslog alerts

Veeam Logoby Alec King » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:59 am

Hi Bruno,

Apologies for the delay in answering - we had a problem with our forum, I was not notified of new posts :(

Anyway - it is true that Syslog can be very verbose. It's not very user-friendly! I would recommend you only use Syslog if there is something there that is not available with other (better) methods - such as our default of the VMware vCenter API.

The Syslog Error rule has no filtering on it (by design) - so it will fire for every Syslog message with a severity of 'Error' (and above - Critical/Emergency etc)
So you don't need an event report - an Alert report (filtered for ESX Hosts/nworks Syslog alerts) will show you all the alerts, there will be one alert per event. The Ops Mgr generic report library 'Alerts' report would work fine.

Again - I'd recommend you review your use of Syslog. Probably any problem shown by a message in Syslog, also comes through the vCenter API. Syslog was traditionally used for hardware monitoring, but since nworks v4.0 we have also supplied hardware data via the vCenter API, without needing Syslog.
The vCenter API messages are usually much better formed, better targeted, more human-readable, and so more valuable, than Syslog.

Cheers,
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