VMware 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.

Virtual Hardware

During deployment of the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance, you can select from preset configuration sizes according to the ingestion requirements for your environment. The presets are certified size combinations of compute and disk resources, though you can add extra resources afterward. A small configuration, described in the following table, consumes the fewest resources while remaining supported. An extra-small configuration is also available, but it is suitable only for demos.

For complete resource requirements based on ingestion requirements, see Sizing the vRealize Log Insight Virtual Appliance

Table 1. Preset Values for Small Configurations
Resources Minimum Requirement
Memory 8 GB
vCPU 4
Storage Space 530 GB

Supported Browsers

You can use one of the following browsers to connect to the vRealize Log Insight web user interface. More recent browser versions also work with vRealize Log Insight, but have not been validated.

Important: Cookies must be activated in your browser.
  • Mozilla Firefox 45.0 and above
  • Google Chrome 51.0 and above
  • Safari 9.1 and above
  • Internet Explorer 11.0 and above
    • Internet Explorer Document mode must be set to Standards Mode. Other modes are not supported.
    • Browser Mode: Compatibility View is not supported.
    • To use Internet Explorer with the vRealize Log Insight web client, Windows local storage integrity level must be configured as low.

Account Passwords

Type Requirements
Unless you specify a root password or use guest customization during the deployment of the OVA, the default credentials for the root user on the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance are root/<blank>. You are prompted to change the root account password when you first access the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance console.
Note: SSH is deactivated until you set the root password.
User Account

User accounts that you create in vRealize Log Insight 3.3 and later require a strong password. The password must be at least 8 characters long and contain one uppercase character, one lowercase character, one number, and one special character.

Integration Requirements

Product Requirement

vCenter Server

To pull events, tasks, and alarms data from a vCenter Server, you must provide a set of user credentials for that vCenter Server. The minimum role required to register and unregister vRealize Log Insight with a vCenter Server is Read-only. The role must be set at the vCenter Server level and propagated to child objects. To configure ESXi hosts that a vCenter Server manages, vRealize Log Insight requires additional privileges.

vSphere ESXi

vSphere ESXi 6.0 update 1 or later is required to establish SSL connections to vRealize Log Insight.

vRealize Operations

To activate notification events and the launch-in-context functionality in a vRealize Operations instance, you must provide user credentials for that vRealize Operations instance.

Network Port Requirements

The following network ports must be externally accessible.

Port Protocol
514/UDP, 514/TCP Syslog
1514/TCP Syslog ingestion via SSL only
9000/TCP vRealize Log Insight Ingestion API
9543/TCP vRealize Log Insight Ingestion API (SSL)