Learn about computersby Al Zan on 08/12/10
Most of us have had computers crash on us at horribly inconvenient times. As a result, many of us have paid out quite a bit of our hard earned cash to a professional in the wake of these minor disasters in order to recover lost data, repair the computers and networks that were affected, and generally try to get our cyber portals back up and running. Did you ever wonder how these IT professionals start to diagnose the problems? How about the way that an experienced IT pro can often catch a problem before it wreaks havoc on a network?
Well, one of the ways in question that these tech wizards use to put our pixellated world back in order is via the data gleaned by a syslog tool. A syslog tool, as its name might suggest, is a tool that logs the processes, applications, et cetera that are active and running on a particular system at any given time. From there, an experienced IT pro can read the data recorded by the syslog tool in order to diagnose or prevent a given computer problem.
If working backwards after a system crash, the data gleaned from a syslog tool can help a technician determine what went wrong and when. And if working alongside a given system or network as it runs, the data gathered by a syslog tool can help a dedicated technician catch a potential problem before it becomes disastrous. If you cannot afford a full time IT professional to keep your home or business networks running smoothly, many a downloadable syslog tool exists for non professionals to interpret their syslog data at home. While some problems are still best left in the hands of professionals, being able to catch and prevent potential problems on your own can save you a ton of time, money, and headaches. Always do your research on the products you download, but remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!