Top vBlog 2017 Voting Now Open!

It is that time of the year again — the Top vBlog voting is now open! Just like previous years, you are asked to vote based on criteria including longevity, length, frequency, and quality. Like the last few years, I have blogged extensively on Log Insight — I wish that had a top Management Blog category! In addition, I have covered other VMware topics including vSphere, NSX, VIDM, and PowerCLI. In total, I published over 90 posts in 2016 — a decrease from 2015, but I hope an increase in quality of content. I appreciate your consideration in voting this year!


Blogger Talk: vRealize Webhooks

I am happy to announce that I have a new Blogger Talk posted! As I mentioned back in August, VMware started a blogger talk show. I was honored to participate and talk about Log Insight and they were kind enough to invite me back. This time, I decided to cover the power of webhooks in vRealize products — more specifically Log Insight and Operations Manager. Let me know what you think and leave a comment on other potential blogger talks you would like to see!


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



Log Insight: ESXi Importer Manifest

In my last post, I explained how to convert Log Insight agent groups into importer manifests. This option works great if you have an agent group already defined (e.g. vCenter Server), however agent groups would only be defined for applications that support the Log Insight agent. Since ESXi does not support the Log Insight agent today, you may be wondering where you can get an ESXi manifest file so you can import an ESXi support bundle. Well wonder no more! I have uploaded a manifest file that you can use here. Enjoy!



Log Insight Blogger Talk Show

VMware has recently started a blogger talk show series on YouTube. Basically, it is a moderator lead interview with a subject matter expert on a particular topic. I was recently asked to join and I am happy to announce that my blogger talk on Log Insight recently went live. Be sure to take a look and let me know what you think. If you have suggestions for future questions/topics then please leave a comment. You can find the link to the talk here and all of the blogger talks here.



Apple VoiceOver + Triple-click Home

I recently purchased an iPad for my daughter and for whatever reason, it came with VoiceOver on. Unfortunately, I could not find a way to disable it before going through the initial configuration of the device. As a result, the initial configuration took a long time. Once I made it through the configuration and disabled VoiceOver, I finished configuration and gave the iPad to my daughter for her birthday. Somehow, she kept turning on VoiceOver. After some research online, I came across a post that explained the issue and how to fix it.

As it turns out, VoiceOver appears to be mapped to the triple-click home button — if you select the home button three times rapidly, VoiceOver turns off. You can repeat the triple-click to turn VoiceOver off. This configuration can be changed under General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut. You can read this post for more information.



vCenter Operations 5.x is End of Support

I have received multiple queries about Log Insight integration not working with vCenter Operations 5.8.5. Please note that except for vCenter Operations 5.8.5 Foundation, all vCenter Operations 5.x versions are end of support. You can find the latest support information on VMware’s Product Lifecycle Matrix here. This means unless you are running vCenter Operations 5.8.5 Foundation, it is time to upgrade! Now you may be wondering, well what if you are running vCenter Operations 5.8.5 Foundation? In this case you are supported until 2016/12/31, however Log Insight has never supported vCenter Operations Foundation edition so integration will not work in this case. I hope this helps!



Top vBlog 2016 Voting Now Open!

As you may have heard, the Top vBlog 2016 voting is now open thanks to Eric Siebert! Just like years past, the goal is to announce the top 50 VMware and virtualization blogs of 2016 based on the following criteria:

  • Longevity
  • Length
  • Frequency
  • Quality

I am honored to be on the list again this year alongside so many other bloggers and wanted to thank everyone in advance for consideration of my blog. Looking at the criteria, here are my statistics for the last year:

  • Longevity (how long they have been blogging for): I have been blogging since 2009 and my first post on was in 2011. I have been blogging about Log Insight since it was first announced back in June of 2013.
  • Length (how long the posts are): My in-depth technical posts are typically 800 words while most other posts are typically 300 words. Excluding posts with code or CLI output, it looks like my longest post is just sigh of 1500 words!
  • Frequency (how often they post): I blog three times a week. I had 156 blog posts in 2015 with 101 of them on Log Insight.
  • Quality (how well the posts are written): I will let you decide 🙂

Voting is open until 5/27 so do not delay. You can read all the details here or jump straight to voting here.



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.


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).