When you retrieve logs for a host or vCenter Server, you can use these logs to view, search, filter, and compare with other system logs.


  1. Navigate to the host or vCenter Server that contain the logs you want to retrieve.
  2. Click the Monitor tab.
  3. Click Log Browser.
  4. (Optional) If no logs for the host or vCenter Server are available, click Retrieve now to retrieve the logs for that object.
    The retrieved logs are based on a current snapshot of the system. Retrieving logs can take a few minutes. You can perform other tasks while the logs are being retrieved.
  5. (Optional) Click Refresh to retrieve newer logs.
  6. Select the type of log you want to browse.


The log displays in the browser.