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List of log files VMware vSphere ESX Classic version 4

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The following log files contain information that needs to be track on a VMware vSphere ESX 4 Classic Host to be in compliance with many security standards and best practices such as CIS Benchmark, PCI-DSS, SOX section 404, HIPPA, CPNI, COSO, ISO 20001, COBIT, and so on.
You can use syslog or splunk lightweight forwarders for this purpose.














Table with Explanation of files to log for VMware vSphere ESX Classic version 4






 Records activities related to the virtual machines and ESX

VMkernel warnings


Records activities with the virtual machines

VMkernel summary


Used to determine uptime and availability statistics for ESX; comma separated

VMkernel summary human readable


Used to determine uptime and availability statistics for ESX; human‐readable summary

ESX host agent log


Contains information on the agent that manages and configures the ESX host and its virtual machines

vCenter agent



Contains information on the agent that communicates with vCenter

Web access

Log all the files in the directory /var/log/vmware/webAccess/*.log
client.log, proxy.log, unitTest.log, viewhelper.log, objectMonitor.log, timer.log, updateThread.log

Records information on Web-based access to ESX
(service vmware-webAccess start on ESX host to enable this)

Authentication log


Contains records of connections that require authentication, such as VMware daemons and actions initiated by the xinetd.

Service Console


Contain all general log messages used to troubleshoot virtual machines or ESX

Virtual machines

The same directory as the affected virtual machine’s configuration files; named vmware.log and vmware‐*.log



Contain Virtual Machine Power Events, system crashes, Tools status and activity, Time Sync, Virtual Hardware changes, VMotion Migrations, Machine Clones,

Table  – List of ESX Host Files to Log



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