Playing with logstash

When I started out with logstash, I needed a tool to process existing log files (not necessarily polling an existing log file for changes). Also, at the point I am doing this, I tend to only have access to Windows machine rather than a UNIX (and I have to pass the work on to other people who only have Windows skills so creating a virtual machine and the ilk isn’t really feasible). So how do I start?
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The place for Enterprise SCM

Enterprise level Software Configuration Management is important to keep an enterprise going.  It’s main purpose is to make sure you can rebuild your software [not the data] in the event of a disaster.  However, if someone says the reason for enterprise SCM is so we can track what requirement went with one line of code change two years down the line, I would ask this… why is it important? The only realistic reason is because the organization is riddled in politics and wants the capability of assigning blame two years down the line rather than fixing the issue and moving on with life.

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