Install the Log Insight Linux Agent DEB package by using the system terminal.

Log in as root or use sudo to run console commands.

The Log Insight Linux Agent needs access to syslog and networking services to function. By default, the Log Insight Linux Agent runs on runlevels 2, 3, 4, and 5 and stops on runlevels 0, 1, and 6.


Open a console and run the dpkg -i package_name command to install or update the Log Insight Linux Agent. Replace package_name with the appropriate version. For example,

dpkg -i VMware-Log-Insight-Agent-VERSION-BUILD_NUMBER.deb 		  

To set the target vRealize Log Insight server during installation run the following command replacing hostname with the IP address or hostname of the vRealize Log Insight server.

sudo SERVERHOST=hostname dpkg -i VMware-Log-Insight-Agent-VERSION-BUILD_NUMBER.deb

(Optional) To run the Log Insight Linux Agent as a non root user run the following command.

sudo LIAGENTUSER=liagent dpkg -i VMware-Log-Insight-Agent-VERSION-BUILD_NUMBER.deb

If the specified user does not exist, the Log Insight Linux Agent creates the user account during the installation. The created account is not deleted after uninstallation. If you install the Log Insight Linux Agent with LIAGENTUSER=non_root_user parameter and try to upgrade with LIAGENTUSER=non_root_user2, it will cause a conflict and you will see warnings because non_root_user2 user does not have the permissions of the user non_root_user.


(Optional) Verify the installed version by running dpkg -l | grep -i VMware-Log-Insight-Agent


Upgrade of older versions of the Log Insight Linux Agent from 2.5 TP1, 2.5 TP2 or 2.5 TP3 to newer versions is not supported. You must uninstall the older DEB packages.