I can answer this part:
Robert Smith wrote:
We are using 7.1.0 Thunder. If I am interpreting David's post correctly, application logging going to an application defined log file with their own archive strategy and patterns is not available via log4j.xml within deployments (wars, ears, etc).
That is true for 7.1.0. However it should be working in 7.1.2; if you have a log4j.xml in your deployment, then your deployment should be getting logged according to your configuration.