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

Deploying Log Insight:

I will be using the thick client to deploy Log Insight but you could use the web client. When you download the appliance it will be a OVA file: Go to File -> Deploy OVF Template:

Log Insight Manager 1 - Deploy OVF Template

Browse to the location of the OVA file. Select it then click Next:

Log Insight Manager 2 - Source

Click Next:

Log Insight Manager 3 - OVF Template Details

To proceed the EULA must be scrolled down to the bottom then click Accept then Next:

Log Insight Manager 4 - End User License Agreement

Enter a name for the Log Insight VM and a folder location. Click Next:

Log Insight Manager 5 - Name and Location

Select the size of your environment. Since this is my lab I selected Extra Small.

  • Extra Small: Proof of Concept Build – Up to 20 ESXi hosts
    • 2 CPU
    • 4 GB Memory
    • 132 of Storage (100 GB for event storage)
  • Small: Up to 200 ESXi hosts
    • 4 CPU
    • 8 GB Memory
    • 510 GB of Storage (490 GB for event storage)
  • Medium: Up to 500 ESXi hosts
    • 8 CPU
    • 16 GB Memory
    • 510 GB of Storage (490 GB for event storage)
  • Large: Up to 1,500 ESXi hosts
    • 16 CPU
    • 32 GB Memory
    • 510 GB of Storage (490 GB for event storage)

Once you made your select click Next:

Log Insight Manager 6 - Deployment Configuration

Select a Host or Cluster then click Next:

1 Log Insight Deployment - Host Cluster Selection

Select a Resource Pool if applicable, click Next:

2 Log Insight Deployment - Resource Pool

Select the storage for the deployment. Click Next:

3 Log Insight Deployment - Storage

For best performance VMware recommends using Thick Eager Zeroed. If this is in a lab you can use Thin. Click Next:

4 Log Insight Deployment - Disk Format

Select which port group you want the VM deployed on. Click Next:

5 Log Insight Deployment - Network Mapping

Fill out the fields with the information for your environment. Highly recommend not using DHCP. Ensure you remember what you entered for the Root Password. Click Next:

Log Insight Manager 7 - Properties

Click Finish to start the VM deployment.

Log Insight Manager 8 - Ready to Complete

Once completed click Close and power the VM on:

Log Insight Manager 9 - Deployment Completed Successfully

It will take a good chunk of time for Log Insight to fully boot. Just be patient. Once the console screen looks like the below you are ready to proceed:

Log Insight Manager 10 - Console Screen

Configuring the Appliance:

Now the VM is fully booted we need to configure it. Open a web browser and enter the IP address or DNS name of your appliance.

https:// <FQDN of Log Insight Server>/admin

It will come up with the welcome message below. Click Next:

Log Insight Manager 11 - Welcome to Log Insight

Since this is my first Log Insight appliance, click on Start New Deployment:

Log Insight Manager 12 - Choose Deployment Type

First it wants to update the admin account. Enter a email address and new password. Click Save and Continue:

Log Insight Manager 13 - Admin Credentials

If you are running 5.x use the key found on the Log Insight Product Page.

If you are running 6 enter your vCenter Server License Key.

If you have a paid license enter that instead. Click Continue:

Log Insight Manager 14 - License

If you wish to receive email notifications enter a email address here. Click Save and Continue:

Log Insight Manager 15 - General Configuration

If you wish to change the NTP do so then click Save and Continue:

Log Insight Manager 16 - Time Configuration

Enter your SMTP settings if you wish to send notification emails. Click Save and Continue:

Log Insight Manager 17 - SMTP Configuration

Initial setup complete, click Finish:

Log Insight Manager 18 - Setup Complete

Configure to Log vSphere:

Now the initial setup is complete let’s integrate Log Insight to ingest vSphere data. Click Configure vSphere Integration:

Log Insight Manager 19 - Configure vSphere integration

Enter your vCenter hostname and username/password you wish to connect with. I created a Service Account and made it a member of the Administrators Group in vCenter. Ensure the two check boxes are selected then click Save:

Log Insight Manager 20 - vSphere Integration

If you go to the Hosts page you should see your vCenter and Hosts appear in here. It will take roughly 5-10 minutes for them to appear.

Log Insight Manager 21 - Hosts

Content Packs:

Log Insight has Content Packs which extend its capabilities. I am running VSAN and there is a VSAN Pack. In the top right corner click the Hamburger Menu -> Content Packs:

Log Insight Manager 22 - Content Packs

Welcome to the Log Insight Content Pack Marketplace! The VSAN pack is at the bottom, click it:

Log Insight Manager 23 - VSAN Content Pack

On the pop up window check the box and click Install:

Log Insight Manager 24 - Install VSAN Content Pack

Click Ok:

Log Insight Manager 25 - VSAN Setup Instructions

Under Installed Content Packs, VSAN will appear:

Log Insight Manager 26 - List of Dashboards

Back on Dashboards click the drop down menu. Here you can switch to the VSAN Dashboard:

Log Insight Manager 27 - Switch to VSAN Dashboard

Give Log Insight a few hours then check back. You will see your charts starting to populate with collected data!

Log Insight Dashboard

Training Video:

David Davis has an amazing PluralSight course on vCenter Log Insight that I highly recommend. vCenter Log Insight is the version before vRealize Log Insight but the concept is basically the same. If you haven’t checked out PluralSight it’s an amazing service! Check it out:

https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/vmware-vcenter-log-insight

6 thoughts on “Deploying VMware vRealize Log Insight

  1. There is no “Read More” link on the Log Insight Download page.

    I can’t find a way to get anything but a trial license generated. We have some v5 Enterprise licenses too.

  2. Thanks for great share.
    As you know after version 3.3 there is no button for importing Content Packs in log insight. please help me in importing downloaded Content Packs by .vlcp format to log insight in offline mode without internet.
    thanks

  3. Hi Reza,

    I take it you have downloaded the content packs you require. I have used a chrome browser and logged into Log Insight as a Super User. From the top right hand corner select Content Packs, you will now see Import Content Pack in the lower left hand-side of the screen.

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