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!