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Integrate VMware ESXi with SolarWinds LEM

Updated: September 26, 2018

Overview

This article outlines the procedures for configuring VMware ESXi to log to your LEM appliance and configuring the ESXi connectors on your LEM appliance.

Environment

  • All LEM versions
  • VMware ESXi 3.5 and later

Steps

Configuring ESXi to Log to Your LEM Appliance

Complete one of the procedures below according to your version of ESXi.

To configure logging for ESXi version 5.0:

  1. Open the vSphere Command-Line Interface.
  2. Enter:
    esxcli system syslog config set --loghost='udp://LEMHostnameOrIP:514'

    where LEMHostnameOrIP is the hostname or IP address for your LEM appliance.

  1. Run the following commands on the ESX host:
    esxcli network firewall ruleset set --ruleset-id=syslog --enabled=true
    esxcli network firewall refresh
  1. Enter this to load the new configuration.
    esxcli system syslog reload

To configure logging for ESXi versions 3.5-4.x:

  1. Open the vSphere Command-Line Interface.
  2. Enter:
    vicfg-syslog.pl --server ESXiHostnameorIP --username ESXiUsername 
    --password ESXiPassword --setserver LEMHostnameOrIP --setport 514

    where:

  • ESXiHostnameOrIP is the hostname or IP address for your ESXi host.
  • ESXiUsername is the username for your ESXi administrator.
  • ESXiPassword is the corresponding password.
  • LEMHostnameOrIP is the hostname or IP address for your LEM appliance.
Configuring the ESXi Connectors on Your LEM Appliance
  1. On your LEM console toolbar, navigate to Manage > Appliances, and then log into your LEM Manager as an administrator.
  2. Next to your LEM Manager, click the gear icon, and then select Connectors.
  3. In the Connector Configuration window, enter ESXi in the search box at the top of the Refine Results pane.
  4. Next to the VMWare ESXi Hostd log connector, click the gear icon, and then select New.
  5. Enter a custom Alias or accept the default.

    Do not change the Log File value. The ESXi connectors are pre-configured with the correct facilities for their corresponding log files.

  6. After configuring the connector, click Save.
  7. Next to the new connector (denoted by an icon in the Status column), click the gear icon, and then click Start.
  8. Repeat Steps 4 to 7 for both the VMWare ESXi messages log and VMWare ESXi vmkernel log connectors.
  9.  To exit the Connector Configuration window, click Close.

Disclaimer: Please note, any content posted herein is provided as a suggestion or recommendation to you for your internal use. This is not part of the SolarWinds software or documentation that you purchased from SolarWinds, and the information set forth herein may come from third parties. Your organization should internally review and assess to what extent, if any, such custom scripts or recommendations will be incorporated into your environment. You elect to use third party content at your own risk, and you will be solely responsible for the incorporation of the same, if any.

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