To start using vRealize Log Insight in your environment, you must deploy the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance and apply several basic configurations. Supported Log Files and Archive Formats in vRealize Log InsightYou can use vRealize Log Insight to analyze unstructured or structured log data. Security RequirementsTo ensure that your virtual environment is protected from external attacks, you must observe certain rules. Product CompatibilityvRealize Log Insight collects data over the syslog protocol and HTTP, can connect to vCenter Server to collect events, tasks, and alarms data, and can integrate with vRealize Operations Manager to send notification events and enable launch in context . Check the VMware vRealize Log Insight Release Notes for latest updates on supported product versions. Minimum RequirementsVMware distributes vRealize Log Insight as a virtual appliance in OVA file format. Various resources and applications must be available for the virtual appliance to run successfully. For the most up-to-date information about requirements, check the latest release notes. Sizing the vRealize Log Insight Virtual ApplianceBy default, the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance uses the preset values for small configurations, which have 4 vCPUs, 8GB of virtual memory, and 510GB of disk space provisioned. vRealize Log Insight uses 100GB of the disk space to store raw data, index, metadata, and other information. Integrating vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations ManagerTo enable integration between vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations Manager, configuration must be performed in both products. Life Cycle of an EventThe end-to-end life cycle of a log message or event includes multiple stages as the data flows in and out of vRealize Log Insight from agent read, parse, ingestion, indexing (buckets), alerting, query, archive (bucket seal and ship), and deletion. Key Aspects of the Event Life CycleAs an event ages, there are key aspects of event storage and management during the event life cycle to be aware of.