Events, tasks, and alerts are structured data with specific meaning. You can configure vRealize Log Insight Cloud to collect alarms, events, and tasks data from one or more vCenter Server systems.

You use the vRealize Log Insight Cloud interface to configure vRealize Log Insight Cloud to connect to vCenter Server systems. The information is pulled from the vCenter Server systems by using the vSphere Web Services API and appears as a vSphere content pack in the vRealize Log Insight Cloud web user interface.

Note: vRealize Log Insight Cloud can pull alarms, events, and tasks data only from vCenter Server 5.5 and later.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that the vCenter Server that manages the ESXi host is registered with your vRealize Log Insight Cloud service. Or, you can register the ESXi host and configure vCenter Server in a single operation.
  • In vSphere, verify that you have user credentials with System.View privileges.
    Note: 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 are logged in to the vRealize Log Insight Cloud web user interface as an administrator.

Procedure

  1. Click the two arrows icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to expand the main menu.
  2. Navigate to Configuration > vSphere Integration.
  3. Locate the vCenter Server instance from which you want to collect data, and click the instance.
  4. Select the Collect vCenter Server events, tasks, and alarms check box.
  5. Click Save.

Results

The Cloud Proxy connects to the vCenter Server every two minutes and ingests all new information since the last successful poll. The events, tasks, and alarms of the vCenter Server instance are sent to vRealize Log Insight Cloud and show up as searchable events in the Explore Logs page. However, vCenter Server logs must be sent separately via a Log Insight Agent.

What to do next

  • Analyze vSphere events using the vSphere content pack or custom queries.
  • Enable vSphere content pack alerts or custom alerts.