PRTG syslog monitoring: What you’ll find on this page
Stress-free syslog analysis. Stronger security.
With hundreds of syslog messages per second even on relatively small networks, tracking down what's causing system errors and spotting network vulnerabilities can feel like trying to unravel a tightly knotted piece of string.
Unless… What if you could zoom in on the root cause of an issue straight away?
Working quietly in the background, Paessler PRTG examines syslog messages and alerts you the moment something doesn't look right, so you can fix errors and close security loopholes before they do lasting damage.
Fix system errors fast: 3 reasons to choose PRTG as your syslog monitoring tool
Fix system and device downtimes with a few clicks. Sort syslog messages by source and threat level and get notified about specific events you define.
For a more in-depth view, PRTG logs all incoming system messages, which you can analyze to easily find the root cause of an issue.
What syslog monitoring looks like in PRTG
Diagnose network issues by continuously monitoring system messages and logs. Show the source, severity level, and timestamp of system errors in real time and visualize data in graphic maps & dashboards to identify problems more easily. Gain the visibility you need to troubleshoot and fix system errors and other network security loopholes.
How PRTG syslog analyzer works
PRTG acts as your central syslog server. Our sophisticated Syslog Receiver sensor gathers and processes system messages and logs from devices across your network, notifying you as soon as there's an error or if specific performance metrics fall below your chosen thresholds. The sensor shows:
- The number of dropped packets on the syslog port
- The number of messages categorized as "error"
- The number of received messages
- The number of messages categorized as "warning"
It also logs the following data in a list of processed syslog messages:
- IP address
- Severity level
Combine it with any other of our PRTG sensors – including sensor s for monitoring, for example, your VPN, SharePoint server, or backups – to conduct deeper analysis and make your network even more secure.
PRTG is compatible with all major vendors and manufacturers
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“Excellent tool for detailed monitoring. Alarms and notifications work greatly. Equipment addition is straight forward and server initial setup is very easy. ...feel safe to purchase it if you intend to monitor a large networking landscape.”
Infrastructure and Operations Engineer in the Communications Industry, firm size 10B - 30B USD
Monitor syslog messages: FAQ
Syslog stands for System Logging Protocol and is a standard protocol used to send system log or event messages to a specific server, called a syslog server. It is primarily used to collect various device logs from several different machines in a central location for monitoring and review. The protocol is enabled on most network equipment. In addition, syslog is available on Unix- and Linux-based systems and many web servers including Apache.
Yes. PRTG is a proprietary network monitoring tool that also monitors and evaluates system messages and logs in real time. It can receive and analyze syslog messages from routers, printers, scanners, switches, firewalls, and other devices on your network. If it detects errors or unusual activity, it sends you a text, email, or in-app message, so you can fix the issue before it causes serious security issues or network disruption.
Syslog servers are also known as syslog collectors or syslog receivers. Devices that are accordingly configured send syslog messages to the syslog receiver. For example, the IP address of the destination syslog server must be configured on the sending device. There is no mechanism within the syslog protocol that allows a server other than the one you configured to request syslog data.
PRTG can be used as a basic syslog receiver that monitors, collects, and analyzes incoming syslog messages.
There are lots of good reasons to use a syslog analyzer. Having a specialized syslog analyzer means you don't have to retrieve and check syslogs manually. It ensures security risks don't fall through the cracks. And, most importantly, it means you can be proactive, addressing network vulnerabilities before bad actors can exploit them.
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, for example the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, or the free space on a disk drive.
On average, you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
More than just a monitoring tool:
Reasons our customers love PRTG
PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadminsAdapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs and rely on a strong API:
- HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
- Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
- REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format
Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier. Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network. Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free.
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Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.
Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.
Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free.
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