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 /var/log/ for vCenter Server deployments.

Common Logs

The following logs are common to all vCenter Server deployments.

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
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
vmware-sps VMware vSphere Profile-Driven Storage Service
vmware-vpx VMware VirtualCenter Server
vpostgres vFabric Postgres database service
mbcs VMware Message Bus Config Service
vcha VMware High Availability Service