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Centralized Logging


This is the key feature. WinSyslog gathers all Syslog messages send from different sources and stores them locally on the Windows system. Event source can be any Syslog enabled device. Today, virtually all devices can use Syslog. Prominent examples are Cisco routers.



Ease of Use


Using the new WinSyslog Client interface, the product is very easy to setup and customize. We also support full documentation and support for large-scale unattended installations.



Powerful Actions


Each message received is processed by WinSyslog's powerful and extremely flexible rule engine. Each rule defines which actions to carry out (e. g. send an email message or store event log to a database) when the message matches the rule's filter condition. Among others, filter conditions are string matches inside the message or Syslog facility or priority. There are an unlimited number of filter conditions and actions per rule available.



Interactive Server


Use the Interactive Syslog Server to interactively display messages as they arrive. Message buffer size is configurable and only limited by the amount of memory installed in the machine.



Send Syslog Test Message


WinSyslog client comes with "Send Syslog Test Message" facility. It can be accessed via the "Tools" menu. This option enables to check if syslog messages being sent properly to the destination or not.

Please note that the "Send Syslog Test Message" sends UDP syslog, only! It does not at all send RFC 3195, or syslog/tcp!



Freeware Mode


We care for the home user! WinSyslog can operate as freeware in so-called "freeware mode" without a valid license. It supports a scrolling interactive display of the 60 most current messages for an unlimited time. This feature is most commonly requested for home environments. And: even our free copies come with Adiscon's great support!



Standards Compatible


WinSyslog is compatible with the Syslog RFC 3164. It operates as an original sender (device), server and relay. All specified operation modes are supported. Non-RFC compliance can be configured by the administrator to fine-tune WinSyslog to the local environment (e.g. timestamps can be taken from the local system instead of the reporting device in case the device clocks are unreliable).



WinSyslog Web Access


Never need to look at plain text files! WinSyslog comes with a fully functional ASP application that will display the contents of WinSyslog generated database entries. The ASP pages are in full source code and can easily be customized.



Syslog Hierarchy


WinSyslog supports cascaded configurations most commonly found in larger organizations. In a cascaded configuration, there are local WinSyslog instances running at department or site level which report important events to a central WinSyslog in the headquarter. There is no limit on the number of levels in a cascaded system.



Email Notifications


WinSyslog emails receive events based on the user defined rule set. Email notifications can be sent to any standard Internet email address, which allows forwarding not only to typical email clients but also pager and cellular phones. The email subject line is fully customizable and can be set to include the original message. That way, pagers can receive full event information.



Store Messages Persistently


The WinSyslog server process stores all messages persistently. It helps to audit and review important system events later on without any hard effort. Messages can be written to flat ASCII files, ODBC data sources and the Windows event log.



Multiple Instances


WinSyslog supports running multiple Syslog servers on the same machine. Each instance can listen to a different Syslog port, either via TCP or UDP and can be bound to a different rule set for execution.



Full Logging


WinSyslog logs the received Syslog message together with its priority and facility code as well as the sender's system IP address and date. It is also able to log abnormally formatted packages (without or with invalid priority / facility), so no message is lost.





WinSyslog is written to perform robust even under unusual circumstances. Its reliability has been proven at customers sites since 1996.



Minimal Resource Usage


WinSyslog has no noticeable impact on system resources. It was specifically written with minimal resource usage in mind. In typical scenarios, its footprint is barely traceable. This ensures it can also be installed on heavily loaded servers.



Firewall Support


Does your security policy enforce you to use a non-standard Syslog port? WinSyslog can be configured to listen on any TCP/IP port for Syslog messages.



Windows Service


The WinSyslog service is implemented as a native multithreaded Windows service. It can be controlled via the control panel services applet or the computer management MMC (Windows 2000).





Support for IPv6 is available in all network related facilities of the engine. All network related actions will automatically detect IPv6 and IPv4 target addresses if configured. You can also use DNS resolution to resolve valid IPv6 addresses. Network related Services can either use IPv4 or IPv6 as internet protocol. In order to support both protocols, you will need to create two services. The only exception is the RELP Listener, which uses IPv4 and IPv6 automatically if available.



Full Windows 2000*, 2003, XP, Vista, 2008, 7, 8, 10, 2012 and Windows 2016 Support


Windows 2000*, XP, 2003 (R2), Vista, 2008 (R2), 7, 8, 19 and Windows 2012; Workstation or Server – WinSyslog runs on all of them.



Multi-Language Client


The WinSyslog Client comes with multiple languages ready to go. Out of the box English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese are supported. Languages can be switched instantly. Language settings are specific to a user.


Additional languages can be easily integrated using Adiscon's XML based localization technology. We ask customers interested in an additional language for a little help with the translation work (roughly 1 hour of work). Adiscon will than happily create a new version. This service is free!



Friendly and Customizable User Interface


New Cloning feature added to the WinSyslog Client. In short you can now clone a Ruleset, a Rule, an Action or a Service with one mouse click.


Move up and Move down function has been added for actions in the WinSyslog Client.


The WinSyslog Client Wizards has been enhanced for creating Actions, Services and RuleSets. And other minute changes!



Handling for low-memory cases


MWAgent allocates some emergency memory on startup. If the system memory limit is reached, it releases the emergency memory and locks the queue. That means not more items can be queued, this prevents a crash of the Agent and the queue is still being processed. Many other positions in the code have been hardened against out of memory sceneries.


* Support for Windows 2000 and other EOL operating systems is only partially available. Only a minimal service installation may be possible. More details: Information for a Mass Rollout