After you implement the Site Protection and Disaster Recovery for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, collect log data in a central place from the components that are newly-added to or re-configured in your VMware Cloud Foundation environment.

For validated logging solutions, see the VMware Validated Solutions landing page.

If your environment is running vRealize Log Insight, you can connect vRealize Log Insight to each Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication instance by using a log agent on each appliance.

You configure the vRealize Log Insight agent on Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.

Table 1. vRealize Log Insight Logging Source and Type for Site Protection and Disaster Recovery
Logging Source Logging Type
Site Recovery Manager Agent
vSphere Replication Agent
Table 2. Design Decisions on Logging Sources for vRealize Log Insight with Site Protection and Disaster Recovery
Decision ID Design Decision Design Justification Design Implication
SPR-SRM-LOG-001 When using Site Recovery Manager, install and configure the vRealize Log Insight agent on the Site Recovery Manager appliance. Simplifies configuration of log sources in the SDDC that are packaged with the vRealize Log Insight agent. You must configure the vRealize Log Insight agent to forward logs to the vRealize Log Insight VIP.
SPR-SRM-LOG-002 Configure the vRealize Log Insight agent to transmit logs from the Site Recovery Manager instance to the adjacent vRealize Log Insight in the VMware Cloud Foundation instance using the vRealize Log Insight ingestion API, cfapi, on port 9000. Ensures the transmission of logs from the Site Recovery Manager instance to the adjacent vRealize Log Insight by using the Ingestion API. This configuration is unencrypted. To ensure that the transmission of logs from the Site Recovery Manager instance is encrypted using TSL, you must update the configuration on the Site Recovery Manager instance to send logs to vRealize Log Insight by using the ingestion API, cfapi, on port 9543 by editing the agent configuration (/etc/liagent.ini).
SPR-SRM-LOG-003 When using vSphere Replication, install and configure the vRealize Log Insight agent on the vSphere Replication appliance. The vRealize Log Insight agent is required to collect and transfer logs to the vRealize Log Insight instances. You must configure the vRealize Log Insight agent to forward logs to the vRealize Log Insight VIP.
SPR-SRM-LOG-004 Configure the vRealize Log Insight agent to transmit logs from the vSphere Replication instance to the adjacent vRealize Log Insight in the VMware Cloud Foundation instance using the vRealize Log Insight ingestion API, cfapi, on port 9000. Ensures the transmission of logs from the vSphere Replication instance to the adjacent vRealize Log Insight by using the Ingestion API. This configuration is unencrypted. To ensure that the transmission of logs from the vSphere Replication instance is encrypted using TSL, you must update the configuration on the vSphere Replication instance to send logs to vRealize Log Insight by using the ingestion API, cfapi, on port 9543 by editing the agent configuration (/etc/liagent.ini).
SPR-SRM-LOG-005 Configure a dedicated Photon OS agent group and assign the Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication FQDNs.
  • Provides a standardized configuration to all vRealize Log Insight agents in each of the groups.
  • Defines the vRealize Log Insight agent configuration for log collection and parsing in the context of the SDDC components, such as specific log directories, files, and formats.
Adds minimal load to vRealize Log Insight.