Deploying Log Insight 3.0

Log Insight is VMware’s log management and analytics product. It can collect unstructured log data from many different sources from VMware products, to Cisco and EMC. What’s more it works hand in hand with vRealize Operations to combine symptoms from vROPS and LogInsight and deliver effective monitoring. The server itself is a virtual appliance and is dead easy to install. Here’s how.

Things you’ll need:

The Log Insight 3.0 OVA download from

Admin access to vCenter web console

  1. To begin the Log Insight deployment, first log into vCenter web console and click on ‘hosts and clusters’. vrops1

2. Right click on the cluster or host you want to deploy to and click ‘deploy OVF template. A new wizard screen will launch


3. Click ‘browse’ and navigate to the copy of Log Insight OVA you downloaded from, then click open. Check the correct file is showing and click ‘next’.loginsight1loginsight2

4. On the next screen it will summarise the properties of the selected OVA including product and version. Double check these are correct and click ‘next’ again.loginsight3

5. Accept the license agreement and click ‘next’loginsight4

6. Enter a name for the appliacnce and choose a folder in which to place the server, then click ‘next’.loginsight5

7. Now you must select the configuration to use. This table will help you choose

Extra Small – Up to 20 hosts
Small – Up to 100 hosts
Medium – Up to 250 hosts
Large – Up to 750 hosts
Once you have selected the size, click ‘next’ to continue


8. Choose a location to deploy the appliance. This can be the cluster or a particular host, then click ‘next’.loginsight7

9. Select a datastore to deploy to and using the two dropdowns at the top, select the disk format and storage policy (if you use them), then click ‘next’.loginsight8

10. Select the network you want the appliance to use (you can use IPv4 or IPv6) and click ‘next’.loginsight9

11. Now you need to fill in all the empty fields starting with hostname, ip address etc. Remember to complete them all including DNS settings. At the bottom you can expand two additional settings, root password and SSH public key. Set the password and SSH key if required, then click ‘next’.loginsight9.1

12. Finally, review all your configuration choices are correct and click ‘finish’ to begin the deployment. You can also check the power on after deployment if you want the server to boot up upon completion.loginsight9.2

13. Once the deployment has completed open a web browser and navigate to the url https://%serveripaddress%. Click ‘next’ to continue.loginsight40.JPG

14. You’ll be asked if you’re joining an existing deployment or starting a new one. Click ‘start new deployment’.loginsight41

15. You’ll see a message saying it is starting for a few minutes.loginsight42

16. After a short delay another screen will load. Enter your admin email address and a new admin password, then click ‘save and continue’.loginsight43

17. Add a license key and click ‘continue’.loginsight44.JPG

18. Enter an email address for receiving alerts  and choose whether you want to participate in the customer experience improvement program. Then click ‘save and continue’.loginsight45.JPG

19. Enter NTP sources if you want to choose your own, and click ‘test’ to check them. Then click ‘save and continue’.loginsight46.JPG

20. Now you can enter details for your SMTP server and at the bottom you have an option to send a test email to check its functioning ok. When you’re happy it’s working, click ‘save and continue’.loginsight47

21. Setup is now complete. Click ‘finish’.loginsight48.JPG

22. You’re now ready to start ingesting data.loginsight50.JPG


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