The SDDC contains several VMware products for networking, storage, and cloud management. Use content packs to have the logs generated from these components retrieved, extracted and parsed into a human-readable format. In this way, Log Insight saves log queries and alerts, and you can use dashboards for efficient monitoring.

Table 1. Design Decisions About Content Packs for vRealize Log Insight

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

CSDDC-OPS-LOG-029

Install the following content packs:

  • VMware - Linux

  • VMware - NSX-vSphere

  • VMware - Orchestrator 7.0.1

  • VMware - vRA 7

  • Microsoft - SQL Server

Provides additional granular monitoring on the virtual infrastructure.

You do not install the following content packs because they are installed by default in vRealize Log Insight:

  • General

  • VMware - vSphere

  • VMware - vSAN

  • VMware - vRops 6.x

Requires manual installation and configuration of each non-default content pack.

CSDDC-OPS-LOG-030

Configure the following agent groups that are related to content packs:

  • vRealize Automation (Linux)

  • vRealize Automation (Windows)

  • VMware Virtual Appliances

  • vRealize Operations Manager

  • vRealize Orchestrator

  • Microsoft SQL Server

  • Provides a standardized configuration that is pushed to the all vRealize Log Insight Agents in each of the groups.

  • Supports application-contextualized collection and parsing of the logs generated from the SDDC components by the vRealize Log Insight agent such as specific log directories, log files, and logging formats

Adds minimal load to vRealize Log Insight.