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Location of VMware log files

Having problems?  You should check the logs for anything obvious--

vCenter Server:

  • Windows Server 2003 and earlier - %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs\
  • Windows 2008 and later - %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs\
  • Linux vCenter Server 5.0 Virtual Appliance  - /var/log/vmware/vpx

ESXi Hosts (v3.5 - v5.x):

  • /var/log/messages - VMkernel - Devices, drivers, VM stuff, as well as hostd and vpx logs
  • /var/log/vmware/hostd.log - Host service stuff - Host & VMs Tasks & Events, vSphere Client stuff, vCenter Agent (vpxa) and SDK stuff
  • /var/log/boot-logs/sysboot.log - More VMkernel startup including modules and other boot bits
  • /var/log/vmware/vpx/vpxa.log - vCenter (vpxa) agent logs & hostd logs
  • /var/log/vmware/fdm/* - HA Logs - vCenter 5.0 and later
  • /var/log/vmware/aam/* - HA Logs - vCenter 4.1 and older

ESX Hosts: (v3.x and v4.x):

  • /var/log/messages - Service Console Kernel - Services stuff will be here
  • /var/log/vmkernel - VMkernel - Devices, drivers, VM stuff
  • /var/log/vmkwarning - VMkernel Warning messages -- these should also be in the vmkernel log file
  • /var/log/vmksummary - Host startup/shutdown stuff, hourly log output showing uptime, # of VMs running, service console resource usage
  • /var/log/vmware/hostd.log - Host service stuff - Host & VMs Tasks & Events, vSphere Client stuff, vCenter Agent (vpxa) and SDK stuff
  • /var/log/boot-logs/sysboot.log - More VMkernel startup including modules and other boot bits
  • /var/log/vmkiscsid.log - Logs for the Software iSCSI Client
  • /var/log/vmware/vpx/vpxa.log - vCenter (vpxa) agent logs & hostd logs
  • /var/log/vmware/fdm/* - HA Logs - vCenter 5.0 and later
  • /var/log/vmware/aam/* - HA Logs - vCenter 4.1 and older
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