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I've been trying to find a "good" syslog server to provide centralized application login for a distributed system we've built. Our application logging system can not only log to files but also to a syslog server and we would like to utilize this feature. The following would be nice:

  • Runs as a Windows service
  • Has a reasonably good viewing/searching (via web display ideal)
  • Is open source, free, or low cost

There are numerous solutions available on Linux/Unix, but few for Windows.

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Have you tried Kiwi Syslog Server? I used it for quite a while before I started sending everything to a CentOS box... I'll confess to being a year out of date, but at the time the free version suited my needs.

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Kiwi Syslog server is a great tool –  Richard West May 10 '09 at 0:21

Splunk is free for under 500M of logs per day. It'll cover Windows and Linux and provide you with a very good web interface.

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Not sure if it falls under your definition of low cost, but I think it does provide a lot of bang for the money. Look into Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

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Try this application:


  1. It's web-based
  2. Stores everyting to SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (use the advanced vers. for generating reports)
  3. It's free, (But send the guy some bucks)
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C# code for Syslog server is available there; uses SQL Server at backend...very robust/light and scalable...Have been using it for quite some time with no problem what so ever! Best part; source is very neatly written and you can learn some network programming!

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Splunk is very popular. It listens on the syslog port among other ways of slurping up logs. It is also a very robust search engine for logs. We pay about $5k for 2GB of data indexed daily. If you are under 500MB of logs daily, it is free.

Runs on Windows as well as other UNIX flavors.

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