Deploy vRealize Log Insight (4.5.1)

Ive been getting requests on gathering information from some very high utilization customer clusters. So my first thought was to deploy VMware’s product which of course is better equipped to ascertain logging information as it is from the same family. This is a quick rundown of the deployment of vRealize Log Insight v4.5. (4.5.1) (Cluster is running vCenter 6.5U1). Overall, very easy to deploy and get into.

 

Ill start this quick walkthrough assuming you have access to the ova

Configure Appliance 

Template selection

 

Select the name and deployment location

 

Compute resource selection (in this case I have the lab broken up into 1 management and 1 test host)

 

Details Review

 

License Acceptance

 

Configuration Selection (Deployment Size)

Extra Small
* 2 CPUs (minimum 2.0GHz)
* 4GB RAM * 132GB of storage (100GB for event storage) – thick provisioned, eager zeroed highly recommended
* VM hardware version 7 or greater (vSphere 4.0 or greater)

Small
* 2 CPUs (minimum 2.0GHz)
* 4GB RAM * 132GB of storage (100GB for event storage) – thick provisioned, eager zeroed highly recommended
* VM hardware version 7 or greater (vSphere 4.0 or greater)

Medium
* 2 CPUs (minimum 2.0GHz)
* 4GB RAM * 132GB of storage (100GB for event storage) – thick provisioned, eager zeroed highly recommended
* VM hardware version 7 or greater (vSphere 4.0 or greater)

Large
* 16 CPU (minimum 2.0GHz)
* 32GB RAM
* 510GB of storage (490GB for event storage) – thick provisioned, eager zeroed highly recommended
* VM hardware version 8 or greater (vSphere 5.0 or greater)

Since this is a test, I chose “Extra Small” deployment (reserved for proof of concepts)

 

Storage Section

 

Network Section

 

Config Template (IP, DNS, etc)

 

Finish and Deploy

 

The appliance took a few minutes to boot and restarted at least once during its self configuration.

 

Configure vSphere Logging

Next head over to https://APPLIANCE IP/admin

 

Select start new deployment, in this case

 

Administrative account creation

 

Add License (You can use the Key for your vcenter )

 

System Notification Information, for system level events

 

Set NTP (Can leave defaults or set your own)

 

SMTP

 

Compete Configuration

 

vSphere Integration Configuration (I did test connection) Initial Data Ingest

 

You can now select hosts on the left to see what is being polled. Note that you may need to wait a few minutes, and refresh the page after initial adding, as the appliance states.

 

Once polling has started you can glance over at Dashboard and Interactive Analytics to see the initial events collected

 

 

 

Im going to continue messing around with this, and hope to update with more information on how to make use of what we see.

 

Update: Im going to update the keys and see about making use of the 3rd party content pack plug-ins.

 

 

Notes:

VMware Hands on Labs are a valuable resource if you dont have access to a lab, and they are free: Try VMware vRealize Ops & vRealize Log Insight Hands-on Lab

SDN product NSX 6.2.3 and forward will include licensing for vRealize VMware FAQ

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