When you access the Log Insight Web interface for the first time after the virtual appliance deployment or after removing a worker node from a cluster, you must complete the initial configuration steps.

All settings that you modify during the initial configuration are also available in the Administration Web user interface.

For information about the trace data that Log Insight might collect and send to VMware if you choose to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program, see The Customer Experience Improvement Program.

In the vSphere Client, note the IP address of the Log Insight virtual appliance. For more information, see Start New Standalone Deployment

Verify that you are using a supported browser, see the VMware vSphere Documentation.

Verify that you have a valid license key. You can request an evaluation or permanent license key by using your account to My VMware™ https://my.vmware.com/ .

If you want to use local, vCenter Server, or Active Directory credentials to integrate Log Insight with vCenter Operations Manager, verify that these users are imported in vCenter Operations Manager Custom user interface. For instructions about configuring LDAP, see the vCenter Operations Manager Administration Guide.


Use a supported browser to navigate to the Web user interface of Log Insight.

The URL format is https://log_insight-host/, where log_insight-host is the IP address or host name of the Log Insight virtual appliance.

The initial configuration wizard opens.


Click Start New Deployment.


Set the password for the Admin user and click Save and Continue.

Optionally, you can provide an email address for the admin user.


Enter the license key, click Set Key, and click Continue.


On the General Configuration page, type the email address to receive system notifications from Log Insight.


To opt out of the Customer Experience Improvement Program, unselect Send weekly Trace Data to VMware as part of the Customer Experience Improvement Program. Click Save and Continue.


On the Time Configuration page, set how time is synchronized on the Log Insight virtual appliance and click Test.



NTP server (recommended)

By default, Log Insight is configured to synchronize time with public NTP servers. If an external NTP server is not accessible due to firewall settings, you can use the internal NTP server of your organization.

Use commas to separate multiple NTP servers.

ESX/ESXi host

If no NTP servers are available, you can sync the time with the ESXi host where you deployed the Log Insight virtual appliance.


Click Save and Continue.


(Optional) To allow active directory users access in Log Insight, select Enable Active Directory support and click Save and Continue.


Active Directory is enabled for Log Insight only and does not affect the integration of Log Insight with other VMware products.


Specify the properties of an SMTP server to enable outgoing alert and system notification emails.

To verify that the SMTP configuration is correct, type a valid email address and click Test. Log Insight sends a test email to the address that you provided.


Click Save and Continue.


(Optional) Configure the integration between Log Insight and vCenter Operations Manager.


Type the host name and user credentials for the UI VM of the vCenter Operations Manager vApp, and click Test Connection to verify the connection.


You must provide the user credentials of a vCenter Operations Manager administrator user.


To enable Log Insight to send alert notifications triggered by Log Insight alarms, select Enable alerts integration.


To allow vCenter Operations Manager to launch Log Insight with an object-specific query, click Enable Launch in Context.

This operation might take a few minutes.


Click Save and Continue.


(Optional) To archive log data to an NFS location, select Enable Data Archiving, enter the path to the storage location, and click Test to verify that Log Insight can connect to that storage.


Click Save and Continue.


Click Restart to complete the initial setup of Log Insight.

After the Log Insight process restarts, you are redirected to the Dashboards tab of Log Insight.

Go to the Administration page by selecting the drop-down menu icon in the navigation bar and use the vSphere Integration page to configure Log Insight to pull tasks, events, and alerts from vCenter Server instances, and to configure ESXi hosts to send syslog feeds to Log Insight.

Assign a permanent license to Log Insight. See Assign a Permanent License to Log Insight.

Install the Log Insight adapter in vCenter Operations Manager standalone to enable the Launch in Context functionality. See Install the Log Insight Adapter in vCenter Operations Manager Standalone.

Install the Log Insight Windows Agent to collect events from Windows event channels, Windows directories, and flat text log files. See Installing the Log Insight Windows Agent as a Windows Service.