Need help with Solarwind Kiwi Syslog server and have some questions


1. What is the latest version?
2. Would I need to dedicate a server specifically for it?
3. What are the differences between running Kiwi Syslog Server as a service versus standard application?

Can somoene please provide a guide to show me how to install and configure it?
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2. No
3. what is standard application in your understanding? splunk?
btanExec ConsultantCommented:
1. I will see this probably the latest @ v9.5 as release candidate prior to public release
The Release Candidate for Kiwi Syslog Server 9.5 is now ready! The new Kiwi Syslog version is packed with great new features and improvements. RC is the last step before general availability, and it is a chance for existing customers to get the newest functionality before it is available to everyone else.

2. By default it need not be dedicated since it is just another software piece and in Windows a services. But for cases of compliance and in order to segregate network segment to only reach a particular dedicated server host from the various endpoints at different site etc then it is likely it is dedicated only for log collection and thereafter sent/forwarded it to central monitoring OPS ctr or the SIEMS equipped team oversight. Really depends on your req. Below is some sharing on compliance on log retention req

3. See the FAQ

What are the differences between running Kiwi Syslog Server as a service versus standard application?

A: When you install Kiwi Syslog Server as a service, it is made up of two parts:
•The Service Manager is an interactive GUI application that controls the state of the service (stop, start, install, uninstall). When a user logs into the system or web console, the service handles the audible alarms and the visual display of syslog messages that have been received and processed. Using the File | Setup menu, the user can setup the properties of the service and define rules that contain specific filters and actions for the service to act on.

•The service is a non-interactive process (no GUI) that receives and processes incoming syslog messages. It runs automatically at system startup time without need for a user to be logged in. The service is controlled by the Service Manager.

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