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Month: January 2015

How to Integrate Log Insight with vRealize Operations

I realized I have never covered vRealize Operations (vR Ops) integration for Log Insight (LI)! This integration is extremely powerful and worth digging into in order to understand the value it brings. As you may know, there are two primary types of data in your environment:

  • Structured: vR Ops is meant to collect primarily structured data, think metrics like performance, directly from applications (e.g. vSphere) or monitoring products (e.g. Hyperic). Without LI integration, vR Ops does not have any insight into unstructured data such as log messages.
  • Unstructured: LI is meant to collect primarily unstructured data directly from applications (e.g. vSphere), but more commonly being feed by devices via syslog or API. While a primary use case for LI is syslog events, structured text such as CSV and JSON including metrics such as performance are also supported.

It is important to collect and analyze both types of data within your environment. This can be done seamlessly by integrating LI with vR Ops. In this post, I will talk about the requirements for integration and how to integrate the two products.
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Log Insight Agent: Detecting Directories and Files

The Log Insight agent can be configured to monitor log files within specific directories. It is important to understand how and when the agent detects directories and files in order to ensure that events are monitored and collected properly. In this post, I will discuss the differences between how the agent handles directories versus files.
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Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Fitness Goals

“If you always put limit on everything you do, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” ― Bruce Lee

Goals are a great tool to use to ensure you prioritize fitness. Goals help direct your fitness, are a way to hold you accountable and can help keep you motivated. If you are looking to get fit, I would encourage you to take a step back and think about what your fitness goals are. It is important to note that not all goals are created equal. In this post, I would like to discuss how to set S.M.A.R.T.E.R. fitness goals that will really benefit you and your fitness.
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12 Reasons Why You Should Use The Log Insight Agent

When the Log Insight Windows agent was released in version 2.0, the decision to use the agent was easy because Windows does not natively support syslog. Given the release of the Log Insight Linux agent, I have been asked a few times why the agent should be used over already available syslog agents like Rsyslog and Syslog-NG for sending events to a remote destination like Log Insight. I would like to cover 12 reasons in this post.
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Log Insight Agent: Linux Configurations for Common Applications

In my previous post, I discussed how to configure vRA logging. In this post I would like to provide some Log Insight Linux agent configuration samples for common Linux and VMware applications. You may notice some duplication of information. I will be updating this post over time so be sure to check back from time to time!
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vRA Remote Logging

My post on vCAC logging has been quite popular since its release. With VMware’s release of new and updated management products at the end of 2014, some changes to vCAC, now vRA, exist. In order to avoid confusion by attempting to update the older post, I decided it was time for a new post. Also, with the release of the Log Insight Linux agent, it is a good time to show end-to-end remote logging for vRA when leveraging the Log Insight agents.
Unfortunately, vRA still does not support setting a remote syslog destination to forward all vRA logs within the GUI yet. Like last time, I would like to cover where all the log files are located and more importantly how you can forward them to a remote syslog destination like Log Insight.
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