The Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution provides information on the use of a log analysis tool that delivers highly scalable log management with intuitive and actionable dashboards, sophisticated analytics, and broad third-party extensibility. The solution provides deep operational visibility and fast troubleshooting across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

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Automation for This Design in VMware Cloud Foundation

The implementation tasks for some design decisions are automated by SDDC Manager. You must perform the implementation manually for the rest of the design decisions as noted in the design implication.

To provide a fast and efficient path to automating the Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation implementation, this document provides Microsoft PowerShell cmdlets as code-based alternatives to completing certain procedures in each SDDC component's user interface. You can directly reuse the PowerShell commands by replacing the provided sample values with values from your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

Intended Audience

The Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation documentation is intended for cloud architects and administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software and an intelligent logging and analytics solution for VMware Cloud Foundation.

Support Matrix

The Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is compatible with certain versions of the VMware products that are used for implementing the solution.

Table 1. Software Components in Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Product Group

Component Versions

4.3.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

vRealize Log Insight 8.4.1

4.3.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

vRealize Log Insight 8.4

Before You Apply This Guidance

To design and implement the Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, your environment must have a certain configuration.

Table 2. Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment
Workload Domain Deployment Details
Management domain
  • Automated deployment by using VMware Cloud Builder.
  • Required availability of overlay-backed or VLAN-backed NSX segments in NSX-T Data Center for traffic in the same VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

  • For information on deploying the management domain, see Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Guide.
  • For information on designing the management domain, see VMware Cloud Foundation Design Guide for the Management Domain.
(Optional) One or more virtual infrastructure (VI) workload domains

Automated deployment using SDDC Manager.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

  • For information on deploying the VI workload domain, see Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide.

  • For information on designing the VI workload domain, see VMware Cloud Foundation Design Guide for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain.

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

Automated deployment by using SDDC Manager.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

  • For information on deploying vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, see Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide.
  • For information on designing vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, see Design for vRealize Suite Lifecycle and Access Management.
Standalone Workspace ONE Access

Manual or PowerShell automated deployment.

See the Identity and Access Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution.

Overview of Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation

By applying the Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, you implement centralized intelligent logging and analytics for the components of a VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

Table 3. Implementation Overview of Intelligent Logging and Analytics
Stage Steps
1. Plan and prepare the VMware Cloud Foundation environment Work with the technology team of your organization on configuring the physical servers, network, and storage in the data center. Collect the environment details and write them down in the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook .
2. Enable centralized logging for the management and workload components of VMware Cloud Foundation.
  1. Deploy vRealize Log Insight in each VMware Cloud Foundation instance.
  2. Configure each management application to forward logs to vRealize Log Insight.

Update History

This Intelligent Logging and Analytics for VMware Cloud Foundation is updated when necessary.
Revision Description
30 NOV 2021
26 OCT 2021
05 OCT 2021 This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3.1.
24 AUG 2021 Initial release.