The Syslog protocol has been used for many years to transmit logging messages across TCP/IP networks. It was originally part of the University of California Berkeley Software Distribution but now forms part of every distribution of UNIX and Linux. It has proved its worth in operations and management of network based devices.
Typically there is a central syslog server that receives the messages and many client devices that send them. Many network-based devices provides syslog output, these include printers, routers, etc.
Unfortunately Windows does not provide a convenient way of sending syslog messages. The equivalent command on Unix/Linux used to send messages is called logger.