Locating virtual machine log files on an ESXi/ESX host (1007805)
This article provides information on locating virtual machine log files on an ESXi/ESX host.
ESXi/ESX hosts store virtual machine-specific logging in
the same directory as the virtual machine's configuration files. By
default, the log file is named
For archival purposes, the log is renamed with a sequential number added to the end, and a new
vmware.log file is created. Archived log files are named
vmware-#.log. The most recent archived version is named
vmware-1.log. When the
vmware.log file is next archived, the existing
vmware-1.log file is renamed
Virtual machine logs can be reconfigured to archive at different intervals, with different names, or when the log reaches a specific size. For more information, see Log rotation and logging options for vmware.log (8182749).To identify the location of vmware.log files:
- Establish an SSH session to your host. For ESXi hosts, see Using Tech Support Mode in ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 (1017910). For ESX hosts, see Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892).
- Log in to the host's terminal.
- To list the locations of the configuration files for the virtual machines registered on the host:
- For ESXi, run the command:
- For ESX, run the command:
find /vmfs -name "*.vmx”
For troubleshooting information, see Troubleshooting a virtual machine that has stopped responding (1007819).