Documentation forKiwi Syslog Server NG

How to get started with Kiwi Syslog Server

The purpose of this guide is to help you configure Kiwi Syslog Server to receive syslog messages and SNMP traps from network devices, such as routers, switches, and firewalls, and to familiarize yourself with the most commonly used features of Kiwi Syslog Server. It is intended for SolarWinds customers who have recently purchased, or want to purchase, Kiwi Syslog Server for the first time.

Who should use this guide?

New KSS Users Existing KSS Users
This guide continues from the Kiwi Syslog Server installation and takes you through the step to begin managing syslog messages and SNMP traps.

If you are looking for information on upgrading to the newest version of Kiwi Syslog Server, see the Kiwi Syslog Server Upgrade Guide.

Additionally, if you are looking for advanced information about the features of Kiwi Syslog Server, see the Kiwi Syslog Server Administrator Guide.

To evaluate Kiwi Syslog Server, you can download the product and use fully-functional for 14 days. For assistance with your evaluation or purchasing a production license, contact

Checklist to get started with Kiwi Syslog Server

Install Kiwi Syslog Server

If you have not installed KSS, see the Kiwi Syslog Server installation guide for system requirements, planning checklists, troubleshooting and installation instructions.

Configure devices to send messages to Kiwi Syslog Server

Syslog-capable devices must be configured to send syslog messages to Kiwi Syslog Server, as shown in this example of configuring a Cisco switch. If Kiwi Syslog Server is not receiving messages, you can troubleshoot Kiwi Syslog Server.

Create rules

Rules specify the actions Kiwi Syslog server takes when it receives a message that meets the specified criteria. For example, you can have Kiwi Syslog Server send an email, forward the message, log the message to a file, or run a script.

Create schedules

Ensure regulatory compliance by creating schedules to automate the process of log archival and retention.

Beyond getting started with Kiwi Syslog Server

Learn about additional resources available as you expand your use of Kiwi Syslog Server.