Configure VMware syslogs for Azure VMware Solution

Diagnostic settings are used to configure streaming export of platform logs and metrics for a resource to the destination of your choice. You can create up to five different diagnostic settings to send different logs and metrics to independent destinations.

In this article, you'll configure a diagnostic setting to collect VMware syslogs for your Azure VMware Solution private cloud. You'll store the syslog to a storage account to view the vCenter Server logs and analyze for diagnostic purposes.

Important

The VMware syslogs contains the following logs:

  • vCenter Server logs
  • ESXi logs
  • vSAN logs
  • NSX-T Manager logs
  • NSX-T Data Center Distributed Firewall logs
  • NSX-T Data Center Gateway Firewall logs
  • NSX-T Data Center Edge Appliance logs

Prerequisites

Make sure you have an Azure VMware Solution private cloud with access to the vCenter Server and NSX-T Manager interfaces.

Configure diagnostic settings

  1. From your Azure VMware Solution private cloud, select Diagnostic settings, then Add diagnostic settings.

Screenshot showing where to configure VMware syslogs.

  1. Select the vmwaresyslog, All metrics, and select one of the following options presented.

Send to Log Analytics workspace

How to set up Log Analytics

A Log Analytics workspace:

  • Contains your AVS private cloud logs.

  • Is the workspace from which you can take desired actions, such as querying for logs.

In this section, you’ll:

  • Configure a Log Analytics workspace

  • Create a diagnostic setting in your private cloud to send your logs to this workspace

Create a resource

  1. In the Azure portal, go to Create a resource.
  2. Search for “Log Analytics Workspace” and click Create -> Log Analytics Workspace.

Screenshot of Create a resource.

Set up your workspace

  1. Enter the Subscription you intend to use, the Resource Group that’ll house this workspace. Give it a name and select a region.
  2. Click Review + Create.

Screenshot of Marketplace.

Add a diagnostic setting

Next, we add a diagnostic setting in your AVS private cloud, so it knows where to send your logs to.

Screenshot of vh-private-cloud.

  1. Click your AVS private cloud. Go to Diagnostic settings on the left-hand menu under Monitoring. Select Add diagnostic setting.

  2. Give your diagnostic setting a name. Select the log categories you are interested in sending to your Log Analytics workspace.

  3. Make sure to select the checkbox next to Send to Log Analytics workspace. Select the Subscription your Log Analytics workspace lives in and the Log Analytics workspace. Click Save on the top left.

Screenshot of Diagnostics settings.

At this point, your Log Analytics workspace has been successfully configured to receive logs from your AVS private cloud.

Search and analyze logs using Kusto

Now that you’ve successfully configured your logs to go to your Log Analytics workspace, you can use that data to gain meaningful insights with Log Analytics’ search feature. Log Analytics uses a language called the Kusto Query Language (or Kusto) to search through your logs.

For more information, see Data analysis in Azure Data Explorer with Kusto Query Language.

Archive to storage account

  1. In Diagnostic setting, select the storage account where you want to store the logs and select Save.

Screenshot showing the options to select for storing the syslogs.

  1. Go to your Storage accounts, verify Insight logs vmwarelog has been created, select it.

Screenshot showing the Insight logs vmwarelog option created and available.

  1. Browse Insight logs vmwarelog to locate and download the json file to view the logs.

Screenshot showing the drill-down path to the json file.

Stream to Microsoft Azure Event Hubs

  1. In Diagnostic setting, under Destination details, select Stream to an Event Hub.
  2. From the Event Hub namespace drop-down menu, choose where you want to send the logs, select, and Save.

Screenshot showing the drill-down path to send the logs.