You can often obtain valuable troubleshooting information by looking at the logs provided by the various services and agents that your implementation is using.

Most logs are located in C:\ProgramData\VMware\CIS\logs. Common logs are available in all implementations. Other logs are unique to certain deployment options (Management Node or Platform Services Controller).

Common Logs

The following logs are common to all deployments on Windows.

Table 1. Directories for Common Logs

Log Directory

Description

CloudVM

Logs for allotment and distribution of resources between services

CM

VMware Component Manager

FirstBoot

Location where first boot logs are stored

rhttpproxy

Reverse Web Proxy

SCA

VMware Service Control Agent

vmaffd

VMware Authentication Framework daemon

vmdird

VMware Directory Service daemon

Postthaw, Prefreeze, Restore

Utilized by CM and SCA to manipulate services

Management Node Logs

The following logs are available if a management node deployment is chosen.

Table 2. Management Node Logs

Log

Description

APIProxy

VMware vCenter API Proxy

AutoDeploy

VMware vSphere Auto Deploy Waiter

EAM

VMware ESX Agent Manager

InvSvc

VMware Inventory Service

Mbcs

VMware Message Bus Config Service

Netdump

VMware vSphere ESXi Dump Collector

Perfcharts

VMware Performance Charts

Vapi

VMware vAPI Endpoint

Vmcad

VMware Certificate Authority daemon

VMdird

VMware Directory Service daemon

vmsyslog collector

vSphere Syslog Collector

Vmware-sps

VMware vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Service

Vmware-vpx

VMware VirtualCenter Server

vPostgres

vFabric Postgres database service

Vmsm

VMware Message Bus Config Service

vSphere-Client

VMware vSphere Web Client

Vws

VMware System and Hardware Health Manager

Workflow

VMware vCenter workflow manager

Platform Services Controller Logs

You can examine the following logs if a Platform Services Controller node deployment is chosen.

Table 3. Platform Services Controller Node Logs

Log

Description

cis-license

VMware Licensing Service

SSO

VMware Secure Token Service

VMCA

VMware Certificate Service

vmdird

VMware Directory Service

For Platform Services Controller node deployments, additional runtime logs are located at C:\ProgramData\VMware\CIS\runtime\VMwareSTSService\logs, including logs for these services:

  • VMware Secure Token Service

  • VMware Identity Management Service

ESXi Logs

The following logs are available with ESXi hosts. These logs are located in /var/run/log.

Table 4. ESXi Logs

Log

Description

hostd.log

Logs all hostd service operations

vpxa.log

Logs interactions between the host vpxa agent and the vpxd service on vCenter Server

fdm.log

Logs related to vSphere HA clusters

rhttpproxy.log

Rhttpproxy logs

syslog.log

Default syslog catchall

usb.log

USB related logs

hostprofiletrace.log

Host profile trace logs

sdrsinjector.log

vSphere Storage DRS device injector log