VMware Log Insight for NSX

What is VMware Log Insight?

  • VMware Log Insight delivers real-time log management for VMware environments.
  • Log Insight collects & analyzes all types of machine generated log data, including application logs, network traces, configuration files, messages, performance data & system state dumps.
  • NSX vSphere Content Pack of Log Insight provides powerful filtering, logging visualization & alerting of NSX components.
  • This enables to effectively monitor NSX environment using UI dashboard widgets with just a couple of clicks.
  • Delivers real-time monitoring, search & log analytics coupled with a dashboard for stored queries, reports & alerts.
  • Comes with built-in knowledge & native support for vSphere & other VMware products.


  • The license model of Log Insight for NSX mirrors the license model of the NSX.

Ref: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2145800

Key Benefits & Use case of Log Insight for NSX

Event Management: (Proactive Monitoring)

  • Service Availability & Uptime
  • Distributed Firewall logs & Analysis
  • Distributed Firewall – Host Utilization
  • Track HA Failover Events
  • High severity events

Incident Management (Reactive Monitoring/Troubleshooting)

  • Quick access to raw filtered events for troubleshooting.
  • Custom Alerts/Thresholds for critical resources.
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Alerts common user configuration errors
  • Key infrastructure & NSX service alerts reducing MTTR


Auditing (Compliance/Security)

  • Task creation, update & deletion of logical switches & logical routers.
  • Centralized Audit log across NSX services including Firewall Policy changes.
  • Assists in manual co relation of changes with configuration errors.