Install the vSphere Syslog Collector to enable ESXi system logs to be directed to a server on the network, rather than to a local disk.

Before you begin

  • Verify that you have administrator privileges.

  • Verify that the host machine has Windows Installer 3.0 or later.

  • Verify that the host machine has a supported processor and operating system. vSphere Syslog Collector supports the same processors and operating systems as vCenter Server. See vCenter Server Software Requirements and Hardware Requirements for vCenter Server, the vSphere Web Client, vCenter Inventory Service, and vCenter Single Sign-On.

  • Determine whether to install vSphere Syslog Collector as a standalone instance or to integrate vSphere Syslog Collector with a vCenter Server. vSphere Syslog Collector is not supported for integration with vCenter Server versions earlier than version 5.0.

  • Verify that the host machine has a valid IPv4 address. You can install vSphere Syslog Collector on a machine in an IPv4-only or IPv4/IPv6 mixed-mode network environment, but you cannot install vSphere Syslog Collector on a machine in an IPv6-only environment.

Gather the following information to complete the installation or upgrade:

  • The location to install vSphere Syslog Collector, if you are not using the default location.

  • The location for the vSphere Syslog Collector repository where the syslog files will be stored.

  • The maximum size for the vSphere Syslog Collector repository. The specified network location must have at least that much free space.

  • The maximum number of vSphere Syslog Collector log rotations to keep.

  • If vSphere Syslog Collector is integrated with a vCenter Server, the address and credentials for the vCenter Server: IP address or name, HTTP port, user name, and password.

  • The vSphere Syslog Collector server port, if you are not using the default setting, and whether to use TCP and UDP protocols for this port.

  • The vSphere Syslog Collector server SSL port, if you are not using the default setting, and whether to use secure connection (SSL) for this port.

  • The host name or IP address to identify vSphere Syslog Collector on the network.

About this task

If an earlier version of vSphere Syslog Collector is installed on your system, this procedure upgrades vSphere Syslog Collector to the current version.

You can install vSphere Syslog Collector on the same machine as the associated vCenter Server, or on a different machine that has network connection to the vCenter Server. The vSphere Syslog Collector service binds to an IPv4 address for communication with vCenter Server, and does not support IPv6. The vCenter Server can be on a host machine in an IPv4-only, IPv4/IPv6 mixed-mode, or IPv6-only network environment, but the machine that connects to the vCenter Server through the vSphere Web Client must have an IPv4 address for the vSphere Syslog Collector service to work.

Important:

The maximum number of supported ESXi hosts to collect logs from is 30.

Procedure

  1. In the software installer directory, double-click the autorun.exe file to start the installer.
  2. Select vSphere Syslog Collector and click Install.
  3. Follow the wizard prompts to complete the installation or upgrade.