Deploying VMware vRealize Log Insight

In this post I will be deploying VMware vRealize Log Insight version 3.3 appliance in my home lab. Log Insight is part of the vRealize suite of VMware management products. It provides real time log monitoring of your vSphere environment and can even integrate with vRealize Operations Manager. Normally your vCenter/host logs are collected but you never get use out of them, now with Log Insight it gives you a visual way to see any issues that could be happening behind the scenes. Basically vRealize Log Insight gives you structure for your unstructured logs!

vRealize Log InsightAn important announcement with 3.3 release is all users with a supported vCenter Server 6.0 license are entitled to a 25-OSI pack of Log Insight! Log Insight will accept the license key of vCenter 6.0 Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus. If you have vCenter Server 5.x a license key can be obtained from the Log Insight download page then select Read More. Check out VMware Blog – Log Insight for vCenter FAQ for additional information about this release.

Log Insight Product Key for vCenter 5x

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Deployment of VMware vRealize Operations Manager

vRealize Operations Manager (vROM/vROPS) gives you visibility into the performance and health of your virtual infrastructure. The bad thing about virtualization is how easy it is to accumulate over-provisioned virtual machines. When your environment grows the numbers can really be staggering. With vROM you can find these VMs and really tweak your environment making it more lean and resource efficient. vROM also has the ability to ensure compliance with IT policies, regulatory requirements, and smart alerting. Basically vRealize Operations Manager will take your structure data like performance metrics and give you a unified interface of analytics. Here is my documented deployment of vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.1 in my lab environment.

vRealize Operations Manager Logo

Planning and Reading:

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