Documentation forKiwi Syslog Server

Install Event Log Forwarder

Use the following information to prepare the environment and install Log Forwarder.

Prepare the server to install Event Log Forwarder

Review system requirements Verify that your environment meets the 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.
Check for antivirus software

Determine if any antivirus software is installed on the server where you plan to install Event Log Forwarder. Exclude the SolarWinds directory. For example, on Windows Server 2016, exclude the directory:


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

Installation steps for Event Log Forwarder

Download the installation file

Complete the following steps for new and existing users.

If you have purchased another Kiwi product, such as Kiwi Syslog Server or Kiwi CatTools:

  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. Navigate to Downloads > Download Product.
  3. Select "Kiwi (CatTools, Syslog Viewer, Log Viewer)" from the Products drop-down field.
  4. Under Additional Downloads, click Download for Log Forward for Windows.

If you do not have a previously purchased Kiwi product:

  1. Go to the Free Downloads page on
  2. Scroll to Free IT Security Tools, and click Download Free Tool under Event Log Forwarder for Windows.
  3. Enter your contact information. All fields are required to download Event Log Forwarder.
  4. Click Proceed to Free Download.
Run the installation file
  1. Log in to your server as an administrator.
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded installation ZIP file to the server.
  3. Run the application version of SolarWinds_Event_LogForwarder_Setup.exe.
    If .NET framework 4.0 is not installed, you are prompted to install it. Click Download and install this feature. Then restart SolarWinds_Event_LogForwarder_Setup.exe.
Complete the Event Log Forwarder setup wizard
  1. If you agree with the license agreement, click Next.
  2. Select the shortcuts to create, and click Next.
  3. Specify the installation location, and click Next.
    The installer displays status messages as is installs Event Log Forwarder.
Close the wizard Click Finish to close the Event Log Forwarder setup wizard and open Event Log Forwarder.