ESXi Log Files and Locations





ESXi Shell authentication success and failure


DHCP client service, including discovery, address lease requests and renewals


ESXi patch and update installation logs


Link Aggregation Control Protocol logs


Host management service logs, including virtual machine and host Task and Events, communication with the vSphere Client and vCenter Server vpxa agent, and SDK connections


Host management service responsiveness checker


HTTP connections proxied on behalf of other ESXi host webservices


ESXi Shell usage logs, including enable/disable and every command entered


Early VMkernel startup and module loading


A compressed file that contains boot log information


Management service initialization, watchdogs, scheduled tasks and DCUI use


USB device arbitration events, such as discovery and pass-through to virtual machines


VMkernel Observation events


Core VMkernel logs, including device discovery, storage and networking device and driver events, and virtual machine startup


A summary of Warning and Alert log messages excerpted from the VMkernel logs


A summary of ESXi host startup and shutdown, and an hourly heartbeat with uptime, number of virtual machines running, and service resource consumption


Video acceleration