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 the 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. System LogsVMware technical support might request several files to help resolve any issues you might have with the product. This section describes the types and locations of log files found on ESXi hosts and vSphere Web Client. Export System Log FilesWhen the vSphere Web Client is connected to vCenter Server, you can select hosts from which to download system log files. ESXi Log FilesLog files are an important component of troubleshooting attacks and obtaining information about breaches. Logging to a secure, centralized log server can help prevent log tampering. Remote logging also provides a long-term audit record. Upload Logs Package to a VMware Service RequestIf you already have a Service Request ID with VMware, you can use the vSphere Web Client to upload the system log bundles directly to your service request. Configure Syslog on ESXi HostsYou can use the vSphere Web Client or the esxcli system syslog vCLI command to configure the syslog service. 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 BrowserLog browser is a plug-in to the vSphere Web Client, and is part of the vCenter Server installation package. To use the log browser, you must deploy the log browser plug-in.