Jan 21

vSphere Distributed Switch – Design and Best Practices

VMworld 2013: Session NET5521 – vSphere Distributed Switch – Design and Best Practices

NOTE: This video is roughly 55 minutes in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

Rating: 5/5

Jan 08

VMware Releases vCenter Log Insight 1.5

VMware has announced the release of VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5, which includes new features for enterprise readiness, and support for an additional range of enterprise log sources.

VMware vCenter Log Insight delivers automated log management through aggregation, analytics and search, enabling operational intelligence and enterprise-wide visibility in dynamic hybrid cloud environments.

The bulk of the work done on vCenter Log Insight 1.5 was to make it a more enterprise-ready product.  As an example, VMware has added support for Microsoft’s Active Directory to make vCenter Log Insight easier to integrate into an enterprise environment. This eliminates the need for multiple logins/passwords and allows for seamless integration into an organization’s pre-existing identity management architecture.

Some of the other features added to the product include:

  • Improved Performance for Frequently Executed Queries and Dashboards
  • New Analytics Function: Unique Count (ucount)
  • Improved Content Pack Framework
  • Better Integration with VMware vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager
  • UI based in-place upgrades
  • Easier user deployment types with installation guidance on what capacity each one provides during installation
  • Improved Health Monitoring of the Log Insight Virtual Appliance

VMware said its goal is to be able to collect all operational data in the data center, both structured and unstructured. And to further this goal, the improved content pack framework in vCenter Log Insight 1.5 allows you to produce charts, alerts and dashboards for user-specific logs. It also includes many pre-built content packs for Dell, EMC, and others.

You can download the latest software from the VMware Product Evaluation Center.