You can configure VMware Aria Operations for Logs (SaaS) to archive log data if you want to retain logs older than 30 days, which is the default retention period. For example, production logs are more crucial and you can retain them for a longer period, such as a year, and you can retain test logs for a shorter period, such as six months.

Important: The log archival feature is deprecated and will not be supported in future releases. If you want to retain your log archival configurations, we recommend you migrate them to non-indexed parititions. To learn more, see Log Partitions.

Non-indexed log partitions ingest logs and store them based on the policies or rules that you define for each partition. Similar to log archival, you can specify a retention period for each partition rule, which is the number of days for which you want to retain the logs. For more information, see Log Partitions.


  1. Click the two arrows icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to expand the main menu.
  2. Navigate to Log Management > Log Archival.
  3. Click New Configuration.
  4. Provide the following information:
    Option Description
    Name A unique display name for the log archival configuration.

    Filters log messages to archive the logs that contain the text you enter. At least one filter is required.

    To add more filters, click Add Filter. Optionally, click the magnifying glass icon to preview the filtered results.

    Retention Days The number of days for which you want to retain the logs.
    Note: VMware Aria Operations for Logs (SaaS) can retain log data for a minimum period of 90 days, up to a maximum period of seven years.
  5. Click Save.


VMware Aria Operations for Logs (SaaS) saves the logs from the log archival configuration in Amazon S3. To view the archived logs, you can download them to an Amazon S3 bucket of your choice.