Before you configure vRealize Log Insight Cloud to collect alarms, events, and tasks data from a vSphere environment, you must connect vRealize Log Insight Cloud to one or more vCenter Server systems.
vRealize Log Insight Cloud can collect two types of data from vCenter Server instances and the ESXi hosts that they manage.
- Events, tasks, and alerts are structured data with specific meaning. If configured,vRealize Log Insight Cloud pulls events, tasks, and alerts from the registered vCenter Server instances.
- Logs contain unstructured data that can be analyzed in vRealize Log Insight Cloud. ESXi hosts or vCenter Server Appliance instances can push their logs to vRealize Log Insight Cloud through syslog.
- For the level of integration that you want to achieve, verify that you have user credentials with enough privileges to perform the necessary configuration on the vCenter Server system and its ESXi hosts.
Level of Integration Required Privileges Events, tasks, and alarms collection
- Note: is a system-defined privilege. When you add a custom role and do not assign any privileges to it, the role is created as a Read Only role with three system-defined privileges: , , and .
Syslog configuration on ESXi hostsNote: You must configure the permission on the top-level folder within the vCenter Server inventory, and verify that the Propagate to children check box is selected.
- Verify that you know the IP address or domain name of the vCenter Server system.
Verify that you are logged in to the vRealize Log Insight Cloud web user interface as an administrator.
- For the vSphere integration to function correctly, ensure that the Cloud Proxy virtual machine is set up with a host name that meets the following criteria:
- The host name is valid.
- The host name can be resolved through DNS.
- The host name is reachable from the ESXi host.
- Click the two arrows icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to expand the main menu.
- Navigate to .
- Click Add vCenter Server.
- In the Hostname text box, enter the IP address for the vCenter Server.
- In the Username text box, enter the user name for the vCenter Server service account.
- In the Password text box, enter the password for the vCenter Server service account.
- From the Cloud Proxy drop-down menu, select an installed Cloud Proxy.
- Click Test Connection.
- Click Save.
- (Optional) To register another vCenter Server, click Add vCenter Server and repeat steps 1 through 9.
Note: Do not register vCenter Server systems with duplicate names or IP addresses. vRealize Log Insight Cloud does not check for duplicate vCenter Server names. You must verify that the list of registered vCenter Server systems does not contain duplicate entries.
What to do next
- Collect events, tasks, and alarms data from the vCenter Server instance that you registered. See Configure vRealize Log Insight Cloud to Pull Events, Tasks, and Alarms from a vCenter Server Instance.
- Collect syslog feeds from the ESXi hosts that the vCenter Server manages. See Configure an ESXi Host to Forward Log Events to vRealize Log Insight Cloud.