Most Livewire devices and software have a syslog server option. This can be a great way to "keep an eye" on a system, so to speak. Often, log information is most valuable at the moment the message is generated. To this end, a syslog server can serve as the Matrix interface to monitor the behavior of a network and provide a way to go back and check on a problem if one does occur.
There are many syslog tools available today, and even within our own organization, different folks use different tools. Some favorites are:
My personal favorite, however, is SysLog Server, which is a Telos Alliance program. By dedicating an older or unused computer to running a syslog server, a lot can be learned about the health of a network. As the devices will conform to the IETF syslog reporting levels, a properly functioning network should be relatively uneventful when devices are configured to the INFORMATIONAL logging level.
|The Telos Syslog Server application.|
This machine can also serve as a technician computer. With the syslog server, iProbe and Pathfinder PC Client installed to enable convenient and remote access to a Livewire network. With remote access to this machine via Remote Desktop, TeamViewer, GoToMyPC, VNC or other means, a technician can have almost full access to a Livewire network via remote.