Location of vCenter Server log files
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Location of vCenter Server log files


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VMware vCenter Server


This article provides the default location of the vCenter Server logs.


VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.7.x
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.x
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0.x
VMware vCenter Server 6.x


The vCenter Server logs are placed in a different directory on disk depending on vCenter Server version and the deployed platform: C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\logs
  • vCenter Server 6.x and higher versions on Windows server: C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\Logs\<Service Name>
  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.x: /var/log/vmware/<Service Name>
  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.x flash: /var/log/vmware/vsphere-client 
  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.x HTML5:/var/log/vmware/vsphere-ui
  • vCenter Server Appliance 7.0.x: /var/log/vmware/<Service Name>

vCenter Server logs are grouped by component and purpose:
  • vpxd.log: The main vCenter Server log, consisting of all vSphere Client and WebServices connections, internal tasks and events, and communication with the vCenter Server Agent (vpxa) on managed ESXi  hosts.
  • vpxd-profiler.log, profiler.log, and scoreboard.log: Profiled metrics for operations performed in vCenter Server. Used by the VPX Operational Dashboard (VOD) accessible at https://VCHostnameOrIPAddress/vod/index.html.
  • vpxd-alert.log: Non-fatal information logged about the vpxd process. (No longer present in 6.7/7.0.)
  • cim-diag.log and vws.log: Common Information Model monitoring information, including communication between vCenter Server and managed hosts' CIM interface.
  • drmdump\: Actions proposed and taken by VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), grouped by the DRS-enabled cluster managed by vCenter Server. These logs are compressed.
  • ls.log: Health reports for the Licensing Services extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server.
  • vimtool.log: Dump of string used during the installation of vCenter Server with hashed information for DNS, username and output for JDBC creation.
  • stats.log: Provides information about the historical performance data collection from the ESXi hosts
  • sms.log: Health reports for the Storage Monitoring Service extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server
  • eam.log: Health reports for the ESXi Agent Monitor extension, connectivity logs to vCenter Server.
  • catalina.date.log and localhost.date.log: Connectivity information and status of the VMware Webmanagement Services.
  • jointool.log: Health status of the VMwareVCMSDS service and individual ADAM database objects, internal tasks and events, and replication logs between linked-mode vCenter Servers.
  • Additional log files:
    • manager.date.log
    • host-manager.date.log

    Note: As each log grows, it is rotated over a series of numbered component-nnn.log files. On some platforms, the rotated logs are compressed.

vCenter Server logs can be viewed from:
  • The vSphere Client connected to vCenter Server 6.0 and 6.5:

    Click Home > Administration > System Logs.

Additional Information

For related information, see the main article in this series, Location of log files for VMware products (1021806).

For translated versions of this article, see:
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