ESXi Log Files and Locations

 

Log

Description

/var/log/auth.log

ESXi Shell authentication success and failure

/var/log/dhclient.log

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

/var/log/esxupdate.log

ESXi patch and update installation logs

/var/log/lacp.log

Link Aggregation Control Protocol logs

/var/log/hostd.log

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

/var/log/hostd-probe.log

Host management service responsiveness checker

/var/log/rhttproxy.log

HTTP connections proxied on behalf of other ESXi host webservices

/var/log/shell.log

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

/var/logsysboot.log

Early VMkernel startup and module loading

/var/log/boot.gz

A compressed file that contains boot log information

/var/log/syslog.log

Management service initialization, watchdogs, scheduled tasks and DCUI use

/var/log/usb.log

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

/var/log/vobd.log

VMkernel Observation events

/var/log/vmkernel.log

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

/var/log/vmkwarning.log

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

/var/log/vmksummary.log

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

/var/log/Xorg.log

Video acceleration

 


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