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\vCenterServer\logs for Windows deployments or /var/log/ for Linux deployments. 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 or Linux.

Table 1. Common Log Directories

Log Directory

Description

applmgmt

VMware Appliance Management Service

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

statsmonitor

Vmware Appliance Monitoring Service (Linux only)

vapi

VMware vAPI Endpoint

vmaffd

VMware Authentication Framework daemon

vmdird

VMware Directory Service daemon

vmon

VMware Service Lifecycle Manager

Management Node Logs

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

Table 2. Management Node Log Directories

Log Directory

Description

autodeploy

VMware vSphere Auto Deploy Waiter

content-library

VMware Content Library Service

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

vmcam

VMware vSphere Authentication Proxy

vmdird

VMware Directory Service daemon

vmsyslog collector

vSphere Syslog Collector (Windows only)

vmware-sps

VMware vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Service

vmware-vpx

VMware VirtualCenter Server

vpostgres

vFabric Postgres database service

mbcs

VMware Message Bus Config Service

vsphere-client

VMware vSphere Web Client

vcha

VMware High Availability Service (Linux only)

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 Log Directories

Log Directory

Description

cis-license

VMware Licensing Service

sso

VMware Secure Token Service

vmcad

VMware Certificate Authority daemon

vmdird

VMware Directory Service

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