System logs provide detailed information about system operational events.


  1. From the direct console, select View System Logs.
  2. Press a corresponding number key to view a log.
    vCenter Server Agent (vpxa) logs appear if you add the host to vCenter Server.
  3. Press Enter or the spacebar to scroll through the messages.
  4. Perform a regular expression search.
    1. Press the slash key (/).
    2. Type the text to find.
    3. Press Enter.
    The found text is highlighted on the screen.
  5. Press q to return to the direct console.

What to do next

See also Configure Syslog on ESXi Hosts.