After you deploy and set up a standalone vRealize Log Insight node, you can deploy a new vRealize Log Insight instance and add it to the existing node to form a vRealize Log Insight cluster.

About this task

vRealize Log Insight can scale out by using multiple virtual appliance instances in clusters. Clusters enable linear scaling of ingestion throughput, increase query performance, and allow high-availability ingestion. In cluster mode, vRealize Log Insight provides master and worker nodes. Both master and worker nodes are responsible for a subset of data. Master nodes can query all subsets of data and aggregate the results.

Important:

Configure a minimum of three nodes in a vRealize Log Insight cluster to provide ingestion, configuration, and user space high availability.

Prerequisites

  • In the vSphere Client, note the IP address of the worker vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance.

  • Verify that you have the IP address or host name of the master vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance.

  • Verify that you have an administrator account on the master vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance.

  • Verify that the versions of the vRealize Log Insight master and worker nodes are in sync. Do not add an older version vRealize Log Insight worker to a newer version vRealize Log Insight master node.

  • You must synchronize the time on the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance with an NTP server. See Synchronize the Time on the Log Insight Virtual Appliance.

  • For information on supported browser versions, see the vRealize Log Insight Release Notes.

Procedure

  1. Use a supported browser to navigate to the Web user interface of the vRealize Log Insight worker.

    The URL format is https://log_insight-host/, where log_insight-host is the IP address or host name of the vRealize Log Insight worker virtual appliance.

    The initial configuration wizard opens.

  2. Click Join Existing Deployment.
  3. Enter the IP address or host name of the vRealize Log Insight master and click Go.

    The worker sends a request to the vRealize Log Insight master node to join the existing deployment.

  4. Click Click here to access the Cluster Management page.
  5. Log in as an administrator.

    The Cluster page loads.

  6. Click Allow.

    The worker joins the existing deployment and vRealize Log Insight begins to operate in a cluster.

What to do next

  • To add another worker, deploy a new vRealize Log Insight instance and add it to the cluster using the startup wizard.

  • Repeat the procedure to add a minimum of two vRealize Log Insight worker nodes.