Wednesday, April 12, 2017

vSphere 6.5 Enhanced Logging


Among all the amazing new features and enhancements of vSphere 6.5 there’s always one of two that flies under the radar, until you need it.

That’s the case of this small but crucial enhancement on the logging functionality, now it comes with detailed information about who did what when,  becoming more audit-quality and security focus than the previous troubleshooting oriented one.

Let’s take an example: I increasing the vCPU and memory allocation on a VM.

On vSphere 6, the only thing you gonna see is a reconfigure event without much information about what has been changed.


You could guess that ESXi logs might have more details, guess again !!!
There are no details about what has changed neither, just that a reconfigure action has been performed on the specified VM

Now on vSphere 6.5 it has been improved considerably, adding sections for modified, added and removed components.


Now we can clearly see that the vCPU has been increased from 1 to 2 and memory has been reduced from 512mb to 64mb

Guess what about ESXi’s logs…. You can find the same information there.

 
It will make great to diagnostic an issue and revert to the previous state, if you believe that what was caused the issue.

For the one with a higher need for audit track, that’s a good motivator to move to vSphere 6.5

See you next folks
 

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