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Location of vCenter Server log files (1021804)

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This article provides the default location of the vCenter Server logs.


The vCenter Server logs are placed in a different directory on disk depending on vCenter Server version and the deployed platform:
  • vCenter Server 5.x and earlier versions on Windows XP, 2000, 2003: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs\
  • vCenter Server 5.x and earlier versions on Windows Vista, 7, 2008: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs\
  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.x: /var/log/vmware/vpx/
  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.x UI: /var/log/vmware/vami
  • For vCenter Server 6.0, see Location of VMware vCenter Server 6.0 log files (2110014)

    Note: If the service is running under a specific user, the logs may be located in the profile directory of that user instead of %ALLUSERSPROFILE%.

vCenter Server logs are grouped by component and purpose:
  • vpxd.log: The main vCenter Server log, consisting of all vSphere Client and WebServices connections, internal tasks and events, and communication with the vCenter Server Agent (vpxa) on managed ESXi/ESX hosts.

  • vpxd-profiler.log, profiler.log, and scoreboard.log: Profiled metrics for operations performed in vCenter Server. Used by the VPX Operational Dashboard (VOD) accessible at https://VCHostnameOrIPAddress/vod/index.html.

  • vpxd-alert.log: Non-fatal information logged about the vpxd process.

  • cim-diag.log and vws.log: Common Information Model monitoring information, including communication between vCenter Server and managed hosts' CIM interface.

  • drmdump\: Actions proposed and taken by VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), grouped by the DRS-enabled cluster managed by vCenter Server. These logs are compressed.

  • ls.log: Health reports for the Licensing Services extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server.

  • vimtool.log: Dump of string used during the installation of vCenter Server with hashed information for DNS, username and output for JDBC creation.

  • stats.log: Provides information about the historical performance data collection from the ESXi/ESX hosts

  • sms.log: Health reports for the Storage Monitoring Service extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server, the vCenter Server database and the xDB for vCenter Inventory Service.

  • eam.log: Health reports for the ESX Agent Monitor extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server.

  • and Connectivity information and status of the VMware Webmanagement Services.

  • jointool.log: Health status of the VMwareVCMSDS service and individual ADAM database objects, internal tasks and events, and replication logs between linked-mode vCenter Servers.

  • Additional log files:

    Note: As each log grows, it is rotated over a series of numbered component-nnn.log files. On some platforms, the rotated logs are compressed.

vCenter Server logs can be viewed from:
  • The vSphere Client connected to vCenter Server 4.0 and higher:

    Click Home > Administration > System Logs.

  • The Virtual Infrastructure Client connected to VirtualCenter Server 2.5:

    Click Administration > System Logs.

  • From the vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 Web Client:

    Click Home > Log Browser, then from the Log Browser, click Select object now, choose an ESXi host or vCenter Server object and click OK.

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Update History

01/23/2012 - Added the location of Linux Virtual Appliance UI 02/17/2015 - Updated translation list

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