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. Planning Your vRealize Log Insight DeploymentYou can deploy vRealize Log Insight with a single node, single cluster, or cluster with forwarders. Sizing the vRealize Log Insight Virtual ApplianceBy default, the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance uses the preset values for small configurations. 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.