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Location of vCenter Inventory Service 4.x and 5.x log files (2056632)

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This article provides the default locations of the vCenter Inventory Service logs. It may be necessary to use these log files when troubleshooting issues and VMware Support may request these files when creating a Support Request.

For the location of the Inventory Service logs in vCenter Server 6.0, see Location of VMware vCenter Server 6.0 log files (2110014).


The vCenter Inventory Service logs are placed in a different directory on disk depending on the vCenter Server version and the deployed platform:
  • vCenter Server 5.x and earlier versions on Windows XP, 2000, 2003: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\Infrastructure\Inventory Service\Logs

  • vCenter Server 5.x and earlier versions on Windows Vista, 7, 2008: C:\ProgramData\VMware\Infrastructure\Inventory Service\Logs

  • vCenter Server 5.x Linux Virtual Appliance: /var/log/vmware/vpx/inventoryservice

    Note: If the vCenter Inventory Service is running under a specific user, the logs may be located in the profile directory of that user instead of %ALLUSERSPROFILE%.
vCenter Inventory Service logs are grouped by component and purpose:
  • ds.log: The main vCenter Inventory Service logs, consisting of all vCenter Server and Single Sign-On connections, internal tasks and events, and information about the xDB.

  • vim-is-install.log: This file contains information about the installation of Inventory Service including computer name, operating system revision, the date of installation and the number of revisions that have been installed or upgraded on the system.

  • wrapper.log: This file provides information about the status of the Java runtime environment.

    Note: As each log grows, it is rotated over a series of numbered component-xxx.log files. On some platforms, the rotated logs are compressed.
To collect the vSphere 5.1 vCenter Inventory Service logs, navigate to Start > All Programs > VMware > Generate Inventory Service log bundle.

Additional Information

You cannot view vCenter Inventory Service logs using the vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client. To export these logs, see Collecting diagnostic information for VMware vCenter Server (1011641).
For related information, see the main article in this series Location of log files for VMware products (1021806).

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