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FAQ: Log Insight for vCenter Server (2144909)

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VMware has announced that all users with a supported vCenter Server license are entitled to a 25-OSI pack of vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server, at no charge. Log Insight accepts any vCenter Server 6.0 Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus license. vCenter Server 5.0, 5.1, or 5.5 users can download the license key vRealize Log Insight 3.3 for vCenter Server from VMware Downloads.

Download the Log Insight virtual appliance from the VMware Downloads. Under each heading, Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus, you can see a download link for vRealize Log Insight n.n for vCenter Server.

For more information, see the VMware Accelerates the Shift to Digitization and Hybrid Cloud With the Introduction of vRealize Suite 7 page.

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Q: When was vRealize Log Insight 3.3 released?

March 1, 2016. For more information see the VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3 Release Notes.

Q: What is the difference between vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server licenses and regular vRealize Log Insight?

VMware vRealize Log Insight supports a single Log Insight for vCenter Server license. This license enables a single Log Insight node with integration to one vSphere vCenter Server. Content Packs from the in-product marketplace are limited those for VMware products. Enterprise features including event forwarding and archiving are unavailable.

Q: How do vCenter Server customers get vRealize Log Insight?

Each vCenter Server customer is entitled to receive a 25-OSI pack of vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server at no charge.

Download the virtual appliance from the VMware Downloads. Under each heading, Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus, you can see a download link for vRealize Log Insight n.n for vCenter Server.

Q: How do vCenter Server customers get the free vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server license?

  • For vCenter Server 6.0+: Log Insight will accept the vCenter Server Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus license key you already have.
  • For vCenter Server 5.x: Select Read More under the VMware vRealize Log Insight n.n for vCenter Server – Virtual Appliance heading on the Log Insight for vCenter Server download page to retrieve your key.

Q: Does this apply to packages, like VMware Horizon, which come with vCenter Server?

Yes. This applies to all packaging. If you have vCenter Server, then can use Log Insight for vCenter Server.

Q: Is vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server for new vCenter Server purchases only?

No. Every existing and new vCenter Server user with a supported license is entitled.

Q: How many 25-OSI packs can be used?

Each vCenter Server license grants a 25-OSI pack, but only one such license can be applied to each Log Insight installation. For an environment with multiple vCenter Servers, deploy one Log Insight instance per vCenter Server. Log Insight for vCenter 25-OSI packs cannot be combined into a single (e.g. 50-OSI) license.

Q: If I need more than 25-OSIs can I purchase additional 25 packs?

Yes. Full vRealize Log Insight license keys can be purchased and applied to an existing installation. Mixing licenses within an installation grants the benefits of both. A Log Insight installation with both a free 25-OSI vCenter Server license and a full 50-OSI license entitles all features for all 75-OSI.

Q: Can you provide a simple example scenario?

Example scenario:

  • Customer owns two vCenter 6.0 Licenses and manages 10 hosts & 200 VMs
  • Customer has five ESXi hosts per vCenter

OSI License breakdown: The environment is entitled to two Log Insight 25-OSI packs. In order to use both, deploy two Log Insight instances and apply one 25-OSI pack license to each.

  • One can be used per vCenter (2 used)
  • One can be used per ESXi host (10 used)
  • 38 remain for VMs, network devices, other VMware management components like vRealize Automation, NSX, etc.

Q: What additional benefits come with full vRealize Log Insight licenses?

Many including:

  • Clustering
  • HA Support
  • Event Forwarding
  • Archiving
  • Up to 10 vSphere integrations with automatic configuration
  • 3rd party and Custom Content Packs (29+ available)
  • Custom SSL certificates (always available in Log Insight 4.0+)
Q: Can I downgrade a license to Log Insight 3.3 for vCenter Server?

No. Once you provide Log Insight with a standard license key – a preview license, an evaluation license, or a regular purchased license – you cannot downgrade the installation to a Log Insight for vCenter Server license. Deploy a new Log Insight installation and apply the vCenter Server license.

Q: Can the 25-OSI of Log Insight for vCenter Server only be used for vSphere devices?

No. The 25-OSI can be used for any device whether vSphere, VM, physical, or anything else that can run the Log Insight Agent or emit syslog.

Q: Where can I get more information?

For more information, see the Log Insight product page. Feature requests ask a question on VMware Community.

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