Location of vCenter Server log files:

The vCenter Server logs location is depended vCenter Server version and the deployed platform:

  • vCenter Server 5.x and earlier versions on Windows XP, 2000, 2003: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs\
  • vCenter Server 5.x and earlier versions on Windows Vista, 7, 2008: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs\
  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.x:                                                    /var/log/vmware/vpx/
  • vCenter Server Appliance 5.x UI:                                              /var/log/vmware/vami
  • Center Server 6.0:                             %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMWare\vCenterServer\logs 
  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.0                                                                  /var/log/vmware/ 

vCenter Server logs are grouped by the different services:

  • vpxd.log

The main vCenter Server log, consisting of all vSphere Client and WebServices connections, internal tasks and events, and communication with the vCenter Server Agent (vpxa) on managed ESXi/ESX hosts.

  • vpxd-profiler.log, profiler.log, and scoreboard.log

Profiled metrics for operations performed in vCenter Server. Used by the VPX Operational Dashboard (VOD) accessible at https://VCHostnameOrIPAddress/vod/index.html.

  • vpxd-alert.log

Non-fatal information logged about the vpxd process.

  • cim-diag.log and vws.log:

Common Information Model monitoring information, including communication between vCenter Server and managed hosts' CIM interface.

  • drmdump\: 

Actions proposed and taken by VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), grouped by the DRS-enabled cluster managed by vCenter Server. These logs are compressed.

  • ls.log

Health reports for the Licensing Services extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server.

  • vimtool.log

Dump of string used during the installation of vCenter Server with hashed information for DNS, username and output for JDBC creation.

  • stats.log

Provides information about the historical performance data collection from the ESXi/ESX hosts

  • sms.log

Health reports for the Storage Monitoring Service extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server, the vCenter Server database and the xDB for vCenter Inventory Service.

  • eam.log

Health reports for the ESX Agent Monitor extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server.

  • catalina.date.log and localhost.date.log

Connectivity information and status of the VMware Web management Services.

  • jointool.log

Health status of the VMwareVCMSDS service and individual ADAM database objects, internal tasks and events, and replication logs between linked-mode vCenter Servers.

Further details can be found Here

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