In addition to lists of events and alarms, vSphere components generate assorted logs. These logs contain additional information about activities in your vSphere environment. View System Log EntriesYou can view system logs generated by vSphere components. View System Logs on an ESXi HostYou can use the direct console interface to view the system logs on an ESXi host. These logs provide information about system operational events. External System LogsVMware technical support might request several files to help resolve any issues you have with the product. This section describes the types and locations of log files found on various ESXi component systems. Export System Log FilesWhen the vSphere Web Client is connected to vCenter Server, you can select hosts from which to download system log files. Managing ESXi Log FilesLog files are an important component of troubleshooting attacks and obtaining information about breaches of host security. Logging to a secure, centralized log server can help prevent log tampering. Remote logging also provides a long-term audit record. Configure Syslog on ESXi HostsAll ESXi hosts run a syslog service (vmsyslogd), which logs messages from the VMkernel and other system components to log files. Configuring Logging Levels for the Guest Operating SystemVirtual machines can write support and troubleshooting information into a virtual machine log file stored on a VMFS volume. The default settings for virtual machines are appropriate for most situations. Collecting Log FilesVMware technical support might request several files to help resolve technical issues. The following sections describe script processes for generating and collecting some of these files. Viewing Log Files with the Log BrowserYou can view, search, and export one or more vCenter Server and ESXi log files at a time using the log browser.