VMware Syslog Collector Installation

Here in this post I will quickly walk you through the VMware Syslog Collector Installation, where I am installing the Syslog Collector installation in my vCenter Server. This Syslog Collector server would be used to store the ESXi log files in a centralized location so that I have my ESXI Log files available all the time even if my server is not available in the network or it has gone through the PSOD or even the ESXi has crashed.  These logs would become handy troubleshooting the issues or would be helpful when we contact VMware for the RCA or for the break fix. So with that lets get started!!!!

The VMware Syslog Collector comes with the VMware vCenter Installer, so just put that VMware vCenter Installer iso or the disk and click on the CD/DVD drive for the autoplay.

The Autoplay will show us the following screen, Just click on the VMware Syslog Collector and then Click on Install as shown in the below screenshot.

Once you click on the Install button, select your “Language” and click on OK.
Now with that the Installation begins as shown in the below screenshot
To continue with installing the Syslog collector on your computer, click Next.
Read the End-User Patent Agreement, then click on Next.
Read and Accept the VMware End-User License agreement and then click on Next.


Two things to be noted in the below screenshot, Installation directory and repository directory

  • Choose the Installation Directory for the vSphere Syslog Collector: change just in case you want to have different path for your installation.
  • Choose the repository directory for the syslogger to store the logs for your ESXi servers.

Since I am installing the Syslog server in my Lab environment, I didn’t change the default path and Default Directories are fine with me.

And I am fine with the default rotation policy and size of the log file before rotation. This means whenever the log file reaches to 2 MB the Syslog will zip the file and archives them in the repository. I am fine with the number of rotations to “8” since I am doing it my lab.
The setup wizard will prompt you to choose the vSphere Syslog Collector Installation type, where you were prompted to choose the “standalone installation” and “VMware vCenter Server Installation”.

As mentioned above, I am installing the Syslog Collector installation on my VMware vCenter Server so I chose “VMware vCenter Server Installation”, and then I clicked on Next.

Type the IP and User Credentials of the VMware vCenter Server and then Click on Next. Leave the HTTP Port to the default.

Leave the vSphere Syslog Collector Server Port to 514 and vSphere Syslog Collector Server SSL Port to 1514. DO NOT CHANGE THE PORTS

The following screen shows how the vSphere Syslog server is identified on the network and it will auto-detect the IP address given during the installation and then click on Next.

At the ready to Install window, click on Install.
Now it takes some time to finish the installation, once Installation is completed click on Finish.

The installation is finished, now login to the VMware vCenter Server using your administrator credentials.

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