Location of vSphere Storage Appliance log files (2003547)
This article provides the location of vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) log files.
A VSA cluster consists of two or three ESXi hosts running the vSphere Storage Appliance, the VSA Manager extension of vCenter Server, and the VSA Cluster Service on vCenter Server. Each component has its own logs.
VSA Manager/Cluster service
The VSA Manager is an extension installed on the vCenter Server machine. It logs to a pair of files:
VSAManager.log– Main log for the VSA Manager service and describes the VSA cluster creation
zookeeper.log– Maintains a log of communication between cluster members
- Windows Server 2003 –
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VSA Manager\
- Windows Server 2008 –
- Linux - /home/vmwarevcsadmin/
VSA Manager Installation
After the VSA Manager installer runs its course on vCenter Server, all the VSA logs should be contained in the %Temp% folder and its sub folders:
%Temp%\viminst.log ==> Installer custom action log
%Temp%\vim-vsa-msi.log ==> MSI installer log
VSA Automated Installer
vSphere Storage Appliance
The vSphere Storage Appliance logs and configuration files are located at:
/var/log/sva.log– Combined log for the vSphere Storage Appliance services
/var/log/sva/*– Logs for each of the vSphere Storage Appliance services
/var/log/messages– Log for the SUSE Linux appliance
/etc/sva/*– Configuration files
Upgrade (for VSA 5.1 only)
It has the same logs as the installation, plus a few more:
%Temp%\sva\upgrade\logs\UpgradeTool.log ==> Logs containing all upgradetool.bat commands issued during upgrade
%Temp%\sva\upgrade\logs\VSAUpgrade.log ==> VSA cluster upgrade/rollback logs
Also if the upgrade fails, log bundles are created before and after the rollback operation. It includes all the logs mentioned above.
This is created in the normal log bundle location and named like upgradeLogs_2012-06-13_2258.zip
The bundle is not generated if the failure occurs during the upgrade audit, that is, before the real upgrade begins.
The logs bundle location is %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMware\VSA Manager\logs\
For information on how to gather diagnostic information for VSA products, see Collecting diagnostic information from a vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) cluster (2003549).