Linux and Unix servers and network devices such as routers and switches create "syslog" messages to inform you about events and alert you to problems. Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) traps also generate messages to help monitor the status of these network devices. You can forward all of the information, warning and error messages to a single syslog server, such as the SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server, to have a single place to monitor what's happening with your network nodes and take appropriate actions to keep the network functioning properly. Setting up the Kiwi Syslog involves downloading and installing the program and pointing the syslog messages and SNMP trap messages to the Kiwi Syslog.
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Choose a Windows-based machine to house the Kiwi Syslog. Write down the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer -- you will need this to set up your network hosts and devices.
Select either the free or full version (30-day free trial) of the Kiwi Syslog program. Download Kiwi Syslog to the machine you selected by entering your contact information and clicking the orange "Download" button.
Unzip the download file to a folder and click the "Kiwi_Syslog_Server_x.x.x.setup.exe" program. Review the End User License Agreement and click "I Agree" to continue.
Select "Service" if you want the syslog server to be installed as a service that runs automatically in the background, or select "Application" if you want to run and log in to the syslog server each time the machine is rebooted. Click "Next" to continue.
Choose an account to use when logging in to the Kiwi Syslog Server -- for example, the "LocalSystem" account -- and click "Next" to move to the next screen. Ensure the "Install Kiwi Syslog Web Access" box is checked if you are planning on purchasing the full version of Kiwi Syslog and you want to enable Web access to the syslog during the 30-day free trial period. Uncheck the box if you are installing the free version or do not want Web access enabled. Click "Next" to continue.
Select the type of install, such as "Normal," and click "Next" to proceed with the installation. Enter the destination folder for the program and click "Install" to install the Kiwi Syslog Server. Click "Finish" when the installation is complete to launch the Kiwi Syslog Server.
Click "File -- Setup" and review the Kiwi Syslog Server set-up options. Change the appropriate settings in the set-up categories or click "OK" to select the default options and come back later to adjust the settings after you have used the program and are more familiar with how you want it to behave.
Click "File -- Send test message to localhost." Verify that a syslog message is displayed in the "Kiwi Syslog Service Manager" window.
Visit each network host or device and enter the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the syslog server into the syslog set-up or the SNMP trap settings, or both, for the device. Review the messages you receive in the "Kiwi Syslog Service Manager" window and, if necessary, adjust the level of syslog message generated by each device. For example, if a device is generating many messages that do not require action, the syslog level is probably set to "informational." Change the device or SNMP trap level to "warning" to generate fewer messages. Messages will then be generated only when events occur that create a "warning" state.
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