Syslog is a UDP protocol that sends messages from Cisco routers and other network devices. These log messages are invaluable for troubleshooting network problems and they are particularly useful for detecting security breaches. The SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server captures these datagrams and analyses their log messages so that network administrators and engineers can ‘see’ what’s happening inside the network cables.
WHAT IS SOLARWINDS KIWI SYSLOG SERVER?
Kiwi Syslog Server is a log management software that collects, displays, alerts, reacts to, and forwards syslog messages and SNMP traps from network devices such as routers, switches, firewalls, and Windows® servers, Linux® and Unix® hosts.
With easy-to-use management console and Web access for log display, Kiwi Syslog Server provides IT admins the ability to monitor, manage and store logs easily. Users can filter and view these messages based on time, hostname, severity, etc., as well as set up custom alerts. This product has built-in actions to react appropriately to syslog messages. Furthermore, there are log archival and clean-up features that help comply with security policies.
Key features of SOLARWINDS KIWI SYSLOG SERVER:
Centralised Syslog Monitoring
SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server includes a centralised, easy-to-use Web console to view, search, and filter syslog messages. Kiwi Syslog Server listens to syslog messages and SNMP traps (over UDP and TCP) from routers, switches, firewalls, servers, as well as other syslog and trap-enabled devices and collects these messages and displays them on a centralised Web console for easy and secure access. Finally, the Web console provides up to 25 log display views that you users can customize based on their needs.
Advanced Syslog Alerting
Kiwi Syslog Server’s intelligent alert functionality notifies network administrators when the predefined criteria of a syslog is met based on time, type of syslog message, syslog source and etc. There are predefined syslog priority levels that help users understand the severity of the log messages.
Based on the type and priority of syslog message received, users can set up actions to:
- Trigger an email notification
- Play a sound to alert
- Run script or external program
- Log to file, Windows event log, database
- Forward syslog message to another host, and more
LOG RETENTION AND ARCHIVAL
Kiwi Syslog Server helps network administrators meet SOX, PCI-DSS and FISMA, as well as other regulations by allowing to log syslog messages to disk, files, and ODBC-compliant databases. Users can use the integrated scheduler to schedule and run automated archive and clean-up tasks. Then they can implement their log retention policy. Furthermore, log management actions, such as compress, encrypt, move, rename, and delete can be scheduled with SolarWinds Kiwi Syslog Server.
LOG FORWARDING AND TRANSPORTING SYSLOG MESSAGES
In addition to syslog messages and SNMP traps, Kiwi Syslog Server allows organisations to monitor Windows events. Using the free tool, Log Forwarder for Windows, users can forward Windows event logs to Kiwi Syslog Server as syslog messages. When Kiwi Syslog Server receives the syslog messages, users can perform log management actions on the Windows events.
Finally, with the help of the free, optional, Kiwi Secure Tunnel, users can receive, compress and securely transport syslog messages from distributed network devices and servers to their instance of Kiwi Syslog Server.
What’s new in Kiwi Syslog Server v9.5.
SNMP trap enhancements
Kiwi Syslog Server now supports for SNMP v3. Users can retain the source IP address while forwarding SNMP traps, and allow trap “varbind” elements in trap output.
Support for IPv6
Kiwi Syslog Server now supports syslog messages and SNMP trap collection from IPv6 devices.
Customisation options for email report delivery which means that users can schedule delivery of syslog statistics by customisation number of hours/days/weeks/months.
Forwarding messages to Papertrail log management in the cloud
Action tool in Kiwi Syslog Server enables users to forward log messages to Papertrail for storing and analysing logs in the cloud.
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