VMware ESXi connector for Microsoft Sentinel

The VMware ESXi connector allows you to easily connect your VMWare ESXi logs with Microsoft Sentinel This gives you more insight into your organization's ESXi servers and improves your security operation capabilities.

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Connector attributes

Connector attribute Description
Log Analytics table(s) Syslog (VMwareESXi)
Data collection rules support Workspace transform DCR
Supported by Microsoft Corporation

Query samples

Total Events by Log Type


| summarize count() by ProcessName

Top 10 ESXi Hosts Generating Events


| summarize count() by HostName 

| top 10 by count_


To integrate with VMware ESXi make sure you have:

  • VMwareESXi: must be configured to export logs via Syslog

Vendor installation instructions


This data connector depends on a parser based on a Kusto Function to work as expected which is deployed as part of the solution. To view the function code in Log Analytics, open Log Analytics/Microsoft Sentinel Logs blade, click Functions and search for the alias VMwareESXi and load the function code or click here, on the second line of the query, enter the hostname(s) of your VMwareESXi device(s) and any other unique identifiers for the logstream. The function usually takes 10-15 minutes to activate after solution installation/update.

  1. Install and onboard the agent for Linux

Typically, you should install the agent on a different computer from the one on which the logs are generated.

Syslog logs are collected only from Linux agents.

  1. Configure the logs to be collected

Configure the facilities you want to collect and their severities.

  1. Under workspace advanced settings Configuration, select Data and then Syslog.

  2. Select Apply below configuration to my machines and select the facilities and severities.

  3. Click Save.

  4. Configure and connect the VMware ESXi

  5. Follow these instructions to configure the VMWare ESXi to forward syslog:

  1. Use the IP address or hostname for the Linux device with the Linux agent installed as the Destination IP address.

Next steps

For more information, go to the related solution in the Azure Marketplace.