Documentation forKiwi Syslog Server

Install Kiwi Syslog Server

This section describes how to prepare the server environment, install Kiwi Syslog Server, and enter a license key.

Prepare the server to install Kiwi Syslog Server

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Review system requirements

Verify that the server meets the minimum hardware and software requirements.

Run all Windows updates Check for and run all Microsoft Windows Updates on the server. If a Windows update runs, your system might reboot.
Open ports

Verify that the server's firewall allows traffic to pass through the required ports for Kiwi Syslog Server.

Check for antivirus software

Determine if any antivirus software is installed on the server where you plan to install Kiwi Syslog Server. Exclude the SolarWinds directory. For example, on Windows Server 2016, exclude the following directories:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Syslogd
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\UltiDev
  • C:\ProgramData\SolarWinds\
  • C:\ProgramData\UltiDev

For a full list of antivirus exclusions, see Files and directories to exclude from antivirus scanning.

Do not exclude executable files. SolarWinds assumes that C:\ is the default volume.

Installation steps for Kiwi Syslog Server

Download the installation file

Complete the following steps for new and existing users:

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.

    If you do not have a SolarWinds account, see Access the Customer Portal to create an account.

  2. Locate Kiwi Syslog Server under Latest Downloads for Your Products.
  3. Click Choose Download.

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Run the installation file
  1. Log in using a local administrator.
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded installation ZIP file to the server.
  3. Run Kiwi_Syslog_Server_<version>.setup.exe.

    If the latest, supported version of .NET Framework is not installed, you are prompted to install it. Click Download and install this feature. Then restart Kiwi_Syslog_Server_<version>.setup.exe.

Complete the Kiwi Syslog Server Setup wizard
  1. If you agree with the license agreement, click Next.
  2. Specify whether you want to install Kiwi Syslog Server as a service or an application, and click Next.
    • Installation as a service logs and processes messages whenever the server is up and the service is running, even if you are not logged in to the server.
    • Installation as an application logs and processes messages only when you are logged in to the server and the application is running.
  3. If you are installing Kiwi Syslog Servicer as a service, specify the account to install the service, and click Next.
  4. Specify whether to install Kiwi Syslog Web Access and log messages to Kiwi Syslog Server, and click Next.

    Kiwi Syslog Web Access is a secure web-based access portal that you can use to view, filter, and highlight syslog messages logged by Kiwi Syslog Server.

  5. Select the shortcuts to create, and click Next.
  6. Specify the installation location, and click Next.

    The installer displays status messages as it installs Kiwi Syslog Server.

(Optional) Complete the Kiwi Syslog Web Access Setup wizard

If you are installing Kiwi Syslog Web Access, the Kiwi Syslog Web Access Setup wizard starts automatically.

  1. If any prerequisites are missing, the Web Access Prerequisites wizard opens.
    1. Click Next at the welcome screen.
    2. Click Next to install the missing prerequisites.

      After the prerequisites are installed, the Web Access wizard opens.

  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the Web Access wizard.
Close the wizard.

Click Finish to close the Kiwi Syslog Server Setup wizard and open the Kiwi Syslog Service Manager.

Next steps after installing Kiwi Syslog Server