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Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:30 am
by jorgedlcruz

Zimbra Collaboration uses logs to save a record of everything that occurs within the software. Having a scheduled review of the logs and understanding what is going on with your software is an important task for system administrators (sysadmins).


Zimbra knows many sysadmins use centralized log tools like Splunk, Logstash, Kibana, VMware Log Insight, etc. across their organization. We want to understand how you are using Zimbra Collaboration logs. In order to get a better understanding, we decided to have a contest and give a prize to the best Zimbra Collaboration centralized log infrastructure.



Zimbra is proud to introduce a new Zimbra Collaboration Contest.


Why are centralized logs important?


A controlled and centralized logs environment for Zimbra Collaboration makes any company more secure, creates a reliable environment, ensures administrators know what is happening inside the servers. Some additional benefits of centralized logs include:



  • Easier debugging of problems, the logs are the first step

  • Can more easily trace and source security incidents, improving remediation and incident response

  • Find resource related issues, which could hamper product reliability

  • historical data, i.e., old logs


Rules to participate in the Log Management Contest



The Rules to participate in the contest are really simple, but at the same time need to have some technical basis. Please write in this Thread your environment to participate:



  • All the architectures need to be based in how to centralize Zimbra Collaboration Logs.

  • The Architecture can be presented in any of these formats: Word, Excel, PDF, Visio, or Open documents, also in JPG or PNG.

  • In the Architecture diagram, pictures, etc, you offuscate or hide IP’s or hostnames if you wish.

  • You can participate whether you have, Zimbra Collaboration Open Source or Zimbra Collaboration Network Edition.

  • We prefer environments based in Zimbra Collaboration 7, or 8.0.x, or 8.x. But if you have something really cool on Zimbra Collaboration 6 or previous, just share it too.


The Open Source Prize


Every participant will receive a certificate, and select participants* could win a Zimbra gift package, with awesome Zimbra merchandise. The main prize, given for the best environment**,consists of:




  • A Raspberry Pi B+ Complete Starter Quick Start (All of you need to start build amazing things with a Raspberry Pi)

    • A Rii Wireless Keyboard Mouse Touchpad

    • A Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk



  • A Google Chromecast to stream all your multimedia content to your TV.

    • A Chromecast User Guide Newbie to Expert







  Additional Information:



  • Contest Start: February 5, 8:00 am CST

  • Submission deadline: February 26, 11:59pm CST

  • Winner announced: March 6, 12:00pm CST


* Limit units, participation only valid with a design.


** The environment will be selected by Zimbra.


Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:51 am
by ploeger
We're using logstash-forwarder, logstash, elasticsearch and kibana for our centralized log analytics system. We're currently based on Zimbra 8.5.0. I have a scheme of our system here. Where should I send it to? :)

Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:58 am
by jorgedlcruz

Hi Dennis,


Sounds great, please submit all the info by email to community.contest@zimbra.com


Don't forget to add some diagrams, screenshots, how it looks in Kibana, some real example, and also the benefits for you and your Company to have it :)



Thank you very much Dennis !


Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:16 am
by Fabio S. Schmidt
That is such a great initiative ! We look forward to submitting our architecture.

Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:21 am
by jorgedlcruz
Hi Fabio,

Looking forward to see your environment. I can assume that it will be really great.



Good luck in the contest !

Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:53 pm
by igagajm
Hi Jorge!



I'd like to participate in that great contest, but I can't add attachs to that reply... How can I participate?



Moreover, the deadline applies either just to write here or to send all information through an email address?



Thanks for your time!

Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:01 pm
by jorgedlcruz

Hi Jose,


Please send everything to the next email address - community.contest@zimbra.com before the deadline and you will be an official participant.



Looking forward for your documents.


Best regards!


Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:04 pm
by igagajm
Thanks for your fast reply!! Awesome!! :-)



I'll try to send the information within the next two weeks.



See you!!

Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:38 am
by ploeger
And the mail's on its way. :)

Zimbra Collaboration Contest: Log Management

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:07 pm
by chauvetp
My log management (with ELK) is not nearly worthy of being here yet. I've only really done much with the audit.log/maillog files. Would love to see the contest winners/runnersup/etc. though. Its definitely an area that I'd love to improve (but haven't had as much time for it as I'd like).