Before you begin using VMware Log Intelligence, you must install a data collector and configure connections for receiving data from log and event sources.

There are two initial setup tasks.

  • Download and install a data collector.

    A data collector receives log and event information from monitored sources and sends this information to VMware Log Intelligence where it can be queried and analyzed. VMware Log Intelligence includes the data collector as a .ova file for you to download and install, typically on a vCenter virtual machine.

    For more information, see Deploy a First Data Collector for VMware Log Intelligence.

  • Configure event forwarding for the data collector.

    After the data collector is in place, you configure your data sources and protocol settings to forward events to the data collector. Several protocols are supported, including syslog, rsyslog, syslog-ng and others. Use of the vRealize Log Insight ingestion API and agent are also supported. For more information about protocols, see Port Requirements of Remote Data Collector.