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Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You will need to initially download the OVF file from here – https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRLI-332&productId=568&rPId=11456 (You will need to be logged in). When you have download the OVF file, login to your vCenter and select File –> Deploy OVF Template. Select the correct OVF file as below –

Specify OVF Location - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You will be presented with information about the OVF file –

VMware vRealize Log Insight OVF Template Details - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Select Next to continue.

License agreement - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Accept and select Next on the licensing agreement.

Log Insight machine name - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Type a suitable virtual machine name.

Configuration type - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Select the size of your deployment, I have selected small as I will only be using this in a lab environment consisting of two hosts.

Select Cluster for installation - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Select the cluster required for the virtual machine.

Select storage for virtual machine - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Select the storage required for the virtual machine.

Select network for virtual machine - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Specify the correct network for your virtual machine. Usually this will be your management network.

Configure network details for OVF - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Configure the appliance with the required IP address details.

Summary page - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You will now see a summary of the deployment, select Finish to continue.

Deploying OVF - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

When the deployment has finished you will see the below –

Deployment completed - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Proceed to the website as per the appliance setup above. In my case it was http://172.16.0.204 – You will be presented with the below

Welcome to vRealize Log Insight - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Select Start New Deployment, If you have an existing deployment you can configure the appliance for that scenario.

Start New Deployment - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2 Starting new deployment - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Specify the administrator credentials required.

Specify administrator credentials - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Input your license key –

Input license key - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Select the e-mail you would like to use for notifications.

Select e mail for notifications - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Configure your NTP Servers, these are the defaults provided –

Configure ntp servers - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Configure a SMTP server for your alerting e-mails. You can skip this if you prefer to not setup SMTP.

Configure SMTP - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Select Finish to continue.

Installation complete - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You can now proceed to add your first vCenter. Type your administrator credentials and select Test Connection, if this is successful, select Save.

Insert vCenter credentials - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You will see that VMware vRealize Log Insight will automatically configure your VMware ESXI Hosts Syslog server location to this server.

Configuring hosts - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

We now need to configure the VMware vRealize Log Insight Agent’s, this isn’t required if you are not going to be adding any Windows/Linux VM’s to the console. If you simply want to monitor vCenter (Without Windows vCenter Logs) you can finish here. If however you want to configure Windows/Linux logs you can install the required agents. You will need to navigate to the agents screen and select ‘Download Log Insight Agent’. This will allow you to download the package for Windows and for Linux.

Download vRealize Log Insight agent - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Copy this on to your vCenter server and install the agent.

Welcome to installation - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Accept licence agreement - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You’ll notice this is pre-configured with the VMware vRealize Log Insight IP address.

VMware Log Insight IP - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Select Install to continue the installation.

Finish installation - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You will need to copy the .DEB package (For Ubuntu) to your required host, this can be achieved using WinSCP when completed you can run the following command to install the agent –

sudo dpkg -i VMware [Press Tab]

This file will have appended the IP address of your server to the end so you will need to press TAB for it to auto-complete the file name. You can see below it has now installed the agent.

Install Linux VMware Realize Log Insight Agent - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You can install content packs that will be able to monitor services, alternatively you can create your own but they are pre-configured for applications such as Microsoft Exchange. Select the Content Packs selection as below –

Content packs - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

Content pack marketplace - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

When you have selected the one you want to install, select Install then navigate back to ‘Agents’

You can now copy one of these profiles and select the servers you need to add to the group.

For example Windows monitoring you can copy the group by selecting ‘Copy Template’

Windows content pack - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You can now specify the filter, in my case I have specified Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard as the majority of my Windows servers are using this operating system.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

You can now navigate back to Dashboards once you have gathered some data (I would leave this for a few hours) and you will be able to see the below information presented –

Windows VMware Log Insight Dashboard - Configuring VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2

This completes the VMware vRealize Log Insight Installation!

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