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Location of vCenter Server log files (1021804)
- 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.
- catalina.date.log and localhost.date.log: 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.
For translated versions of this article, see:
- Removing an ESXi 5.x host from vCenter Server Inventory fails with the error: Invalid Fault (2020565)
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