vRealize Log Insight 8.0 Deployment Guide

Preparing for Log Insight 8.0 Installation Requirements

Virtual Hardware

During deployment of the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance, you can select from preset configuration sizes according to the ingestion requirements for your environment. The presets are certified size combinations of compute and disk resources, though you can add extra resources afterward

Log Insight Account Passwords

Root Account – Unless you specify a root password or use guest customization during the deployment of the OVA, the default credentials for the root user on the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance are root/<blank>. You are prompted to change the root account password when you first access the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance console. 

Log Insight Integration Requirements

vCenter Server – To pull events, tasks, and alarms data from a vCenter Server, you must provide a set of user credentials for that vCenter Server. The minimum role required to register and unregister vRealize Log Insight with a vCenter Server is Read-only. The role must be set at the vCenter Server level and propagated to child objects. To configure ESXi hosts that a vCenter Server manages, vRealize Log Insight requires additional privileges.

vSphere ESXi – vSphere ESXi 6.0 update 1 or later is required to establish SSL connections to vRealize Log Insight.

vRealize Operations Manager – To enable notification events and the launch-in-context functionality in a vRealize Operations Manager instance, you must provide user credentials for that vRealize Operations Manager instance. 

Network Port Requirements

The following network ports must be externally accessible.

Log Insight Sizing Guide

By default, the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance uses the preset values for small configurations.

Standalone Deployment

You can change the appliance settings to meet the needs of the environment for which you intend to collect logs during deployment.

vRealize Log Insight provides preset VM sizes that you can select from to meet the ingestion requirements of your environment. These presets are certified size combinations of compute and disk resources, though you can add extra resources afterward. A small configuration consumes the fewest resources while remaining supported. An extra small configuration is suitable only for demos.

i get a lot of request on the recommend size for log insight , there is no really a way to get this info without using vRealize Log Insight Sizing Calculator – https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/60355

Deploying Log Insight (VRLI) 8.0 Appliance

Login to vCenter – Right click Cluster or Host – Deploy OVA template – provide Name for appliance and select the OVA file downloaded.

Provide the Location of the OVA Deployment File.

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Select the VM Name to display and select VM folder.

Select the host and Next.

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Review the Configuration and Click Next.

Accept the EULA and Next.

Here is the Configuration for Small Log Insight Node.

Select Size and Next.

Select Disk provision as Thin or Thick and Next.

Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed creates a virtual disk in a default thick format. Space required for the virtual disk is allocated when the virtual disk is created. The data remaining on the physical device is not erased during creation, but is zeroed out on demand later, on first write from the virtual appliance.

Thick Provision Eager Zeroed creates a type of thick virtual disk that supports clustering features such as Fault Tolerance. Space required for the virtual disk is allocated at creation time.In contrast to the flat format, the data remaining on the physical device is zeroed out when the virtual disk is created. It might take much longer to create disks in this format than to create other types of disks.

Deploy the vRealize Log Insight virtual appliance with thick provisioned eager zeroed disks whenever possible for better performance and operation of the virtual appliance.

Select the Network port group for Log Insight appliance Network and Next.

Provide below information and click Next. 

  • Hostname
  • Network IP
  • Network Mask
  • Default Gateway
  • DNS Server
  • Domain searchpath
  • DNS Domain
  • Root Password
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Review the Deployment Configuration and Press Finish.

Power on your new Log Insight Virtual machine.

The console of Log Insight appliance will look like this, as you notices it has automatically detected the DNS record from DNS server as shown below.

Log Insight 8.0 Cluster configuration

Open Log Insight using https://vrli81.mt.local/admin or https://192.168.1.143 as shown below. vrli01.mt.local is my first Log Insight Cluster Member. Please click Next

As result of a few failure of starting the Log Insight after first Boot i will advise to restart the Log Insight after the first boot to avoid problem accessing the Configuration.

Click to start New Deployment

as a result of configure the root password we need to provide the Email and new Password for the VRLI , remember that the default password is blank. i did have a few issues in the past that i was getting an error on this step, please try to restart the appliance and try again to see if the result change.

vRealize or Log Insight License.

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Configure the SMTP Configuration to enable sending Log insight Notification on Alerts within Log Insight Alarm List.

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Specify a Valid NTP Server and click SAVE and Continue.

Provide the SMTP Configuration to enable sending Log insight Notification on Alerts within Log Insight Alarm List.

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With log Insight 8 you are able to install and configure your Sign Certification if you prepare this before time, if not you will be able to use the self sign certification provide by the tool.

Default Self Sign Log Insight Certification

Press finish to complete the installation.

Log Insight 8.0 Vsphere Data Ingest configuration

Choose Configure vSphere Integration.

Provide the Vsphere Integration Details that include : Vcenter Hostname , Username and Password needed for the Integration.

you have the option to mark/unmark the collection of Vcenter Events,Tasks and Alarms.

you have the option to mark/unmark the collection ESXI Hosts to send logs to Log insight

Test the connection and accept the Default SSL Certification.

after the Test is finish successful please save the configuration

you will see the vSphere Integration Details.

on the Cluster you can verify the VRLI Version.

Here is the vSphere Certification we accept and work, this can be change at later time.

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