PernixData Log Insight Content pack

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Better late than never right! So for all you still running the now extinct PernixData FVP. Here is a Log Insight content pack, which can help you troubleshooting any issues you might experience. There is not a lot to say about it. Since I created it I might as well share it, just in case someone else might be using PernixData FVP still. The zip file can be downloaded over at github. Extract the vlcp file and import it into Log Insight.   https://github.com/MichaelRyom/PernixData-LogInsight-Content-Pack

Log Insight content pack for HPE OA

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This content pack as been living a quiet life over at loginisght.vmware.com for quite some time now and it is now ready to enter the main stage. Or at least I found the time to write about it. I love Log Insight, it is the one product from VMware, that YOU can truly enhance day by day. It just keeps growing and getting better and better with the more time you invest in it. It not even a lot of time that is needed, just enough so that you get to understand the structure of the log and can setup […]

Using Log Insight query API with Powershell

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Log Insight is such an underrated tool. As a consultant I use it all the time, it makes it simple and fast to find issues and solutions. Frankly speaking any VMware shop not running Log Insight is letting there company down. There is multiple ways to get insight out of Log Insight. You can use the GUI; setup webhooks for third party intergration; get it to send you an email; send alerts to vRops or use the Log Insight API. The API is split into two, an ingestion API and a query API. Today I am going to show you […]

Log Insight upgrade path

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Log Insight 4.3 has just been released. I guess it is a good time to talk about upgrading and what path to follow and what is the Log Insight upgrade path. I am only gonna focus on Log Insight 3.x or newer. Basically if you are not running Log Insight 3.x or newer, you really should upgrade asap. There is now reason to wait any longer. You are just making it worse by waiting! Log Insight upgrade path Upgrading Log Insight is quite simple. Log Insight is a incremental update process. Meaning you can not skip an update. If you […]

Troubleshooting vRops Authentication problems

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I have from time to time some issues with getting vRops authentication working correctly or applying the correct rights to the user such as they are able to do the assigned tasks. To help troubleshoot these kinds of issues. I always jump to Log Insight to get a full understanding of the issue. Well you could jump into vRops nodes and do it via linux. I just find this a lot easier, if you ask me. As Log Insight isn’t tuned to understand vRops authentication. I have had to do a little digging my self. As it turns out, and […]

Log Insight API calls Appendix

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This is not a too lengthy blog post. It basically a copy/paste of routes file which is part of the Log Insight API. I have include both the 3.3 and 3.6 version, for comparisons. This is only meant as an educational blog post. It will give you an idea to what is possible with the Log Insight API, not just query wish, but also management wish. In order to make this work you have to follow the general guidelines for the Log Insight API and how to connect to it. As I haven’t done a Log Insight API blog post […]

esx.problem.net.vmknic.ip.duplicate – Hunting for MAC

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Log Insight is a very powerful tool to monitor your environments health status. One of my favorite dashboards to is the “General – Problems” dashboard, which is part of the  “VMware – vSphere” content pack. It comes with Log Insight per default. Because there you can get a great overview of any problems that might be in your vSphere environment. One of the problems you might see is the “esx.problem.net.vmknic.ip.duplicate” or as it can be seen in the pie chart “net.vmknic.ip.duplicate”. This problem basically tells you there’s an misconfiguration in your environment. Two VMK nics have the same IP address […]

Custom vRops Content Pack for Log Insight

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I work as a consultant. Mainly on vRops and Log Insight. This means that I have installed vRops and Log Insight quite a few times now. It also means that troubleshooting vRops is not that unfamiliar to me and what better tool to troubleshoot vRops with than VMware’s own Log Insight! In order to help me troubleshoot I have created a “content pack” for vRops. This content pack adds some more value, hence it’s not there in the current version of the vRops content pack. The content pack provides one dashboard with six widgets. The widgets are: vRops Webrequest respones […]

Log Insight + Netflow = Awesome part 2

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In my first blog post Log Insight + Netflow = Awesome I show cased that Log Insight could be used to ingest netflows and showed some graphics and talked about possible extensions the data found into other products such as vRealize Operations or NSX. I got some comments from people who wanted to learn more, but instead of me keep answering the same questions, I have posted what and how on to github. This marks the first github project that I have created. So even though this is not even half baked, not thought through and very much just for […]

Log Insight + Netflow = Awesome

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This is just another awesome use case for Log Insight. I have setup the vSphere Distributed switch to send netflow to a netflow proxy which then sends them as syslog messages to Log Insight. The reason for this is that Log Insight can’t ingest netflow messages natively. What you then end up with is a lot of logged netflow messages like the one below. Ignore the extracted field names, these can be designed as you wish. I went with speed 🙂 You might think what can this be used for and why should I care ? Log Insight + Netflow […]