VMware recently announced
a price increase for vCenter from $4,995 to $5,995. With this increase, vCenter will now include 25 licenses on Log
Insight with each vCenter license.
While this may seem like a big price increase especially if you don't
want the Log Insight licenses, consider this….
Log insight is a
product that Vmware added to its
portfolio a couple of years ago. If you
are familiar with Splunk then you are familiar with Log Insight. Log Insight is VMware's answer to
Splunk. It takes log/event data, tags
it, and correlates into product specific dashboards. Here is the library of current Log Insight
These dashboards are
installed from the Log Insight GUI.
Simply click on the Install button and the dashboard will start
correlating related data into product meaningful dashboards.
Log Insight is a
simple appliance install. Just point it
at vCenter and your hosts are automatically configured to send their logs. Login to the Web interface and view the dashboards
or search the raw data. Want to further
correlate data across other technologies that are inline of the vSphere install
such as switches, routers, and SAN?
Configure the syslog service on those devices to send to Log
NOTE: The 25
Log Insight for vCenter Server licenses are only valid for vSphere hosts and
vCenter. Additional licenses can be
purchased to receive syslog files from other sources. A Windows agent can be added to receive and
analyze Windows events as well.
for every vSphere admin
Just as with Splunk
the power of Log Insight lies in its ability to aggregate log data from
different product types into a single searchable store. This store makes it easy to find the needle
in a haystack. For example, your environment is experiencing VM
slowness. From the data gathered from
support calls it is determined that the issue began sometime during the 7AM
hour. With Log Insight you open the
Interactive Analytics page, change the
time scope of your search to the 7AM hour and click search. By default you will see the hour broken down
by the amount of log data generate per minute.
Minutes 7:00-7:15 look normal,
but from minute 7:16 on that the amount of events tripled. Double click
on minute 7:16 to further narrow the troubleshooting. Just as with hour chart showing 60 minutes
of data, double clicking on a minute it
will narrow the chart to 60 seconds of chart data for that minute. The seconds view shows that the event data
started increasing rapidly at 7:16:32.
Click on second 32 shows the associated logs in the bottom pane. Not knowing specific
search terms you are able to narrow down your search to when the issue
began, and from looking at the data you
can see that most of the logs are referring to a disk disconnects and
latency. Time to talk to the storage
Since it will be
included with all vCenter instances with a support contract, I highly recommend installing Log Insight as
soon as it is released.
Log Insight 3.3 is now available for download: http://sflanders.net/2016/03/02/log-insight-3-3-available-now/
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