Setting Up a SysLog Server for Cisco by Kiwi SysLog Server

By | November 27, 2014

Hey what’s up? Can we have some discussion about Syslog Configuration on Cisco Router? You may hear about server monitor software and other log monitoring tools. I would like to figure out some best free syslog server for Cisco router and switches. Syslog monitoring is the life blood of Cisco administrators; they will have real time view of the switch or router which they are managing. Kiwi syslog server free edition from SolarWinds syslog server supports up to 5 syslog sources to monitor real time.
In this tutorial let me explain about free cisco syslog server by SolarWinds Kiwi syslog server.

How to Setup Syslog Server with Kiwi

The first thing you may have to download Kiwi Syslog server from SolarWinds and configure syslog server to receive event log from any Cisco router.

Download: – Kiwi Syslog Server Free

File Names: Free Edition Commercial Edition Evaluation 14 days

I just proceed with free tool, alternatively you can get 14 day fully functional trial for Kiwi Syslog Server Commercial Edition which supports many more features. Kiwi Syslog web access is a cool feature of commercial edition. I will be explaining Kiwi Syslog web access in upcoming articles.

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Installation of Kiwi free syslog server is just like any other program, you can either choose Install Kiwi Syslog server as a Service or Install Kiwi Syslog server as an Application. Read the description in the installation window to realize these options.

After successful installation run Kiwi Syslog Server Console from start menu or desktop.

Kiwi syslog server free

Configure Kiwi Log Viewer

Go to File → Setup → Input
Now add the IP Address from where you want to get syslog messages. It could be a router or switch.

Kiwi Syslog Configuration Cisco Router

The free syslog server is ready to run now; the remaining thing is the configuration for the router to send Cisco syslog messages to the Kiwi syslog server. Syslog configuration for Cisco router is pretty easy, can be accomplished in 2 lines of commands.

Router#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
Router(config)#service timestamps log datetime localtime


Cisco syslog messages are UDP protocol and uses syslog port 514 as default. In Kiwi, there is option available to listen TCP syslog messages as well.

Cisco Syslog messages

After this configuration router will send Syslog messages to Kiwi server and we can notice real-time changes in the Kiwi panel.
Cisco Syslog messages

Well, we have seen best syslog server for Cisco, what’s your view about Kiwi syslog server for Cisco?

Hope this post informative for you; I will be covering Kiwi syslog web access on next article. Like our Facebook page to get update as soon as possible…

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