Log Insight 4.0 Announced!

This morning, before the VMworld Barcelona General Session, Log Insight 4.0 was announced on the VMware Management blog! Sign up to be notified when the new release is available here. Also, be sure to register here to get access to the latest Tech Preview (available now!).

4.0 means it is a major release and it is not going to disappoint. Here is what is publicly known now:

New Server Features

  • vSphere 6.5 compatibility
  • New Admin Alerts Management UI
  • Syslog octet-framing over TCP
  • Supported deployment APIs

New UI Features

  • New Clarity UI
  • DeviceID to name aliasing
  • New “field does not exist” filter
  • New gauge chart
  • New “blur” on session timeout

Experimental Features

  • Agent scripted-input
  • vIDM SSO Support
  • Agent auto-update


My VMworld US 2016 Schedule

VMworld is coming up and I thought I would share my schedule!

  • Saturday
    • vBeers: 6:00 to 9:00 RI RA Irish Bar
  • Sunday
    • TAM Customer Day Ask the Experts: 1:30 to 3:30 South Convention Center, Level 2
    • Welcome Reception: 5:00 to 7:30
    • VMunderground Party: 7:00 to 10:00, Nine Fine Irishmen
    • VMUG Party: 7:30 to 9:30, House of Blues
  • Monday
    • General Session: 9:00 to 10:30
    • VMTN Tweetup: 1:00 to 2:00, VMvillage
    • vFlipCup: 7:00 to 11:00, Bourbon Bar
  • Tuesday
    • General Session: 9:00 to 10:30
    • Log Insight (?ne+dle) to Value Deep Dive: 1:30 to 2:30 Breakers H, Level 2
    • Hall Crawl in Solutions Exchange: 4:30 to 6:00
    • vExpert Reception: 7:00 to 10:00 The Mob Museum
    • Veeam Party: 8:00 to 11:00 The Light Vegas
  • Wednesday
    • #MGT7685R Insight into the World of Logs: 9:30 to 10:30 South Pacific H, Level 1
    • #MGT8641R A Lot of Insight and No PowerPoint: 11:30 to 12:30 Lagoon F, Level 2
    • #MGT10763-GD Log Insight Group Discussion: 1:00 to 2:00 Shell Seekers A, Level 1
    • #MGT8641R A Lot of Insight and No PowerPoint: 2:30 to 3:30 Islander G, Level 1
    • #MGT7685R Insight into the World of Logs: 4:00 to 5:00 Islander A, Level 1
    • VMworld Customer Appreciation Party: 7:30 to 10:30
  • Thursday
    • #MGT8040 Turning Up the Noise with Log Insight: 12:00 to 1:00 Islander I, Level 1


My 2016 VMworld US Sessions

Is it really August already? Yes it is and you know what that means? VMworld US is coming up! If you are planning to attend this year and are interested in Log Insight, be sure to register for my sessions:

  1. 8040 Turning up the Noise: How VMware’s Private Cloud Team is Getting Closer to the Heartbeat of their Infrastructure, Billions of Events at a Time, Thursday, September 1, 2016, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  2. 8641 A Lot of Insight; No Power Point, Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Attending TAM Day? Then get some exclusive Log Insight information at the following sessions:

  • Log Insight (?ne+dle) to Value Deep Dive, Sunday, August 30, 2016, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Breakers H, Level 2
  • TAM Customer Day – Ask the Experts Session Sunday, August 28, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Want event more Log Insight? Be sure to check out the top 5 Log Insight VMworld sessions listed here. I hope to see you in Vegas!


VMworld 2015 EMEA

I am happy to announce that I will be attending VMworld 2015 EMEA! I already have a lot lined up and I figured I would share some of my agenda.


  • TAM day expert lunch — I will be a floating expert so if you would like to see me at a table let me know by sending me a tweet (@smflanders). Otherwise, I will be making the rounds. I will also be at the customer reception
  • Meet the experts lounge — I will be available to answer questions on Tuesday from 1-2pm
  • MGT 6524-QT — I will be assisting with this session on Tuesday from 2-3pm
  • Afternoons in Solution Exchange — I will be assisting in the booth most afternoons so stop on by to learn more about Log Insight or ask questions!
  • Social events — Hard Rock and vExpert party for sure

If you are around please reach out as I would love to meet up!

Protecting Against and Dealing with Identity Theft

Three years ago to the day, I had the misfortune of having my rental car broken into while I was on travel at VMworld. As my luck would have it, what was stolen included personal information that could be used to steal my identity. What happen on that day I am still dealing with today. I have been meaning to talk about my experiences for some time, but never had the chance to write them down. In this post, I would like to share some advice on how to deal with (potential) identity theft.


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Log Insight 3.0 Announced!

I am not sure if you caught the press release this morning, but Log Insight 3 (3.0 — was called 2.6 during the Tech Preview period) has been announced! Expect to here more this week at VMworld, but what is posted now is:

vRealize Log Insight™ 3 – New features in vRealize Log Insight 3 will include double the scale and performance to 15,000 messages per second, improvements in fault tolerance around clustering, analytics improvements with new charting options and query snapshots, improved integration with vRealize Operations, and improvements in Big Data style query execution.

While I cannot talk about specifics now, doubling the performance will be huge for many users, the fault tolerance improvements will be a welcome addition to those in production, the new charting options will be root cause analysis even easier and the improved integration with vR Ops is really, really cool.

In addition to Log Insight 3.0, vR Ops 6.1, NSX 6.2, VIO 2.0, SRM 6.1, vSphere APIs for IO filtering, and a Tech Preview of Project Skyscraper were all announced! Be sure to check out the entire press release here. More information is also available on the media kit.