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Log Insight 3.3 for vCenter Server

A major announcement with Log Insight 3.3 is that everyone with a supported vCenter Server Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus license gets an edition of Log Insight for free. If you own vCenter Server you should definitely take a look at Log Insight now that you are entitled to it. I would talk about everything you need to know on my blog, but I helped co-write the Log Insight for vCenter Server FAQ. Note the FAQ went live on February 10, nearly a month before the GA of Log Insight 3.3. It has received a major overhaul as of yesterday (2016-03-21) so even if you have seen this post in the past, please read it again from top to bottom.

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I will reiterate some of the most important pieces here:

  • If you have a vCenter Server 6.0 Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus license then Log Insight 3.3 will accept it to enabled Log Insight for vCenter Server edition.
  • If you have a vCenter Server 5.0, 5.1, or 5.5 Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus license then on the vSphere download page you will see a link to Log Insight — the read more link for the Log Insight virtual appliance contains a key that can be used — Log Insight 3.3 will NOT accept keys from vCenter Server 5.x.
  • Only one Log Insight for vCenter Server key can be applied per Log Insight instance and it must be the first license added (e.g. before evaluation license) — you cannot downgrade to Log Insight for vCenter Server edition.
  • Log Insight for vCenter Server limits you to a standalone Log Insight node (no clustering/VIP), one vSphere integration (no auto configuration of ESXi), VMware product content packs (based on namespace not author), and disabled enterprise features including event forwarding, archiving, and SSL.
  • The Log Insight for vCenter Server license entitles you to 25 OSI, which can be used for any device logging whether physical or virtual, application or OS, etc.
  • If a standard license is added to a Log Insight instance with an existing vCenter Server license then the vCenter Server license is converted to a standard license as well (i.e. you get 25 OSI of standard for free with the purchase of any standard license).
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Log Insight 3.3.1 Available Now!

Today, Log Insight 3.3.1 was released. This minor maintenance release was primarily to address an agent instability found. An upgrade for the agent and server are provided. Anyone leveraging a Log Insight 3.3.0 agent are encouraged to upgrade. For more information, see the release notes. The resolved issues listed are:

  • The pre-installed Log Insight agent inside the Log Insight virtual appliance is automatically configured with an invalid hostname by default.
  • The vRealize Log Insight agent may unexpectedly exit after 4-7 days of uptime on some Linux platforms.

Also note that vRealize Suite 7 was released today and it includes Log Insight 3.3.1.

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