Use the configure-audit-syslog command of the cell management tool to configure the way the system logs audit messages.

Services in each vCloud Director cell log audit messages to the vCloud Director database, where they are preserved for 90 days. To preserve audit messages longer, you can configure vCloud Director services to send audit messages to the Linux syslog utility in addition to the vCloud Director database.

The system configuration script allows you to specify how audit messages are handled. See "Configure Network and Database Connections" in the vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide. The logging options you specify during system configuration are preserved in two files: and You can change the audit message logging configuration in both files with a cell management tool command line of the following form:

cell-management-tool configure-audit-syslog  options

Any changes you make with this cell management tool subcommand are preserved in the cell's and files. Changes do not take effect until you re-start the cell.

Table 1. Cell Management Tool Options and Arguments, configure-audit-syslog Subcommand




--help (-h)


Provides a summary of available commands in this category.

--disable (-d)


Disable logging of audit events to syslog. Log audit events only to the vCloud Director database. This option unsets the values of and audit.syslog.port properties in and

--syslog-host (-loghost)

IP address or fully-qualified domain name of the syslog server host

This option sets the value of the property to the specified address or fully-qualified domain name.

--syslog-port (-logport)

integer in the range 0-65535

This option sets the value of the audit.syslog.port property to the specified integer.

When you specify a value for --syslog-host, --syslog-port, or both, the command validates that the specified value has the correct form but does not test the combination of host and port for network accessibility or the presence of a running syslog service.

Change the Syslog Server Host Name


Changes you make using this command are written to the global configuration file and the response file. Before you use this command, be sure that the response fine is in place (in /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/etc/ and writeable. See "Protecting and Reusing the Response File" in the vCloud Director Installation and Upgrade Guide.

To change the host to which syslog messages are sent, use a command like this one:

[root@cell1 /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin]# cell-management-tool configure-audit-syslog -loghost 
Using default port 514

This example assumes that the new host listens for syslog messages on the default port.

The command updates and, but the changes do not take effect until you re-start the cell.