ESX 3.5 Logfile locations


VMWare ESX Server 3.5

  • Vmkernel – /var/log/vmkernel – records activities related to the virtual machines and ESX server.
  • Vmkernel Warnings – /var/log/vmkwarning – records activities with the virtual machines.
  • Vmkernel Summary – /var/log/vmksummary – Used to determine uptime and availability statistics for ESX Server; human-readable summary found in /var/log/vmksummary.txt
  • ESX Server host agent log – /var/log/vmware/hostd.log – Contains information on the agent that manages and configures the ESX Server host and its virtual machines (Search the file date/time stamps to find the log file it is currently outputting to).
  • Service Console – /var/log/messages – Contain all general log messages used to troubleshoot virtual machines on ESX Server.
  • Web Access – /var/log/vmware/webAccess – Records information on Web-based access to ESX Server.
  • Authentication log – /var/log/secure – Contains records of connections that require authentication, such as VMware daemons and actions initiated by the xinetd daemon.
  • VirtualCenter agent – /var/log/vmware/vpx – Contains information on the agent that communicates with VirtualCenter.
  • Virtual Machines – The same directory as the affected virtual machine’s configuration files; named vmware.log – Contain information when a virtual machine crashes or ends abnormally.

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