Log Insight License Interoperability

Log Insight is bundled in multiple ways today. If you wondering if you are entitled to Log Insight with your existing VMware licenses then read on!

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The table below states the minimum version of Log Insight and Product required to get included licensing. If you are running older versions than you are not entitled to the included licenses.

Log Insight Product What You Get
3.3.0 vCenter 5* 25 OSI of Log Insight for vCenter**
3.3.0 vCloud Suite 7 1:1 CPU of Log Insight Standard
3.3.0 vRealize Suite 7 1 CPU:1 PLU or 15 OSI:1 PLU of Log Insight Standard
3.3.2 NSX 6.1.0*** 1:1 CPU or 1 CPU:50 CCU of Log Insight for NSX

* While vCenter 5.0 and newer are supported, Log Insight 3.3.0 only accepts license keys from vCenter 6.0 and newer. You can find a license key that can be used for vCenter 5.0 on the VMware download page. Alternatively, Log Insight 3.3.2 accepts vCenter 5.0 license keys natively.
** If you wish to take advantage of Log Insight for vCenter then you must apply the vCenter license as the FIRST license to your Log Insight instance. Also note you can only apply ONE vCenter license per Log Insight instance.
*** You must be entitled to NSX 6.2.3, but Log Insight 3.3.2 will accept license keys from NSX 6.1.0 and newer.

You can combine offers on the same Log Insight instance. The only thing to remember is the vCenter license MUST be the first license applied to the Log Insight instance. Some examples:

  • 5 vCenter licenses — You need to deploy 5 separate Log Insight instances and ensure the vCenter license is the first license applied. Note this gets you Log Insight for vCenter edition, which has a limited feature set.
  • 1 NSX license — You need a single Log Insight instance. Note this gets you Log Insight for NSX edition, which has the complete Log Insight feature set, but only allows collection of events from vSphere and NSX as well as only the vSphere and NSX-v content packs.
  • 1 vCenter License, 2 vCloud Suite licenses — You need a single Log Insight instance, ensure the vCenter license is the first license applied, then add the 2 vCloud Suite licenses. Note this gets you the complete Log Insight feature set.
  • 1 vCenter License, 1 vCloud Suite license, 2 NSX licenses — You need a single Log Insight instance, ensure the vCenter license is the first license applied, then add the vCloud Suite and NSX licenses (order does not matter). Note this gets you the complete Log Insight feature set.
  • 1 vCenter License, 1 vCloud Suite license, 2 NSX licenses, 1 Standard CPU LI license — You need a single Log Insight instance, ensure the vCenter license is the first license applied, then add the vCloud Suite, NSX licenses, and Standard CPU LI license (order does not matter). Note this gets you the complete Log Insight feature set.

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4 thoughts on “Log Insight License Interoperability

  1. Hey Steve, can you help explain the vCloud Suite licensing? We have vCloud Suite (vSphere Ent+ and vRealize Adv) but the only license that works when I try to add it to my Log Insight install is the vRealize Adv key and that gives me OSIs. How do I load the vCloud Suite license for unlimited VM’s on my licensed hosts?

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