Collecting diagnostic information for VMware products
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Collecting diagnostic information for VMware products


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VMware vSphere ESXi VMware vCenter Server VMware Desktop Hypervisor VMware NSX Networking VMware Aria Suite VMware Cloud Director VMware Live Recovery VMware vSAN VMware Integrated OpenStack


VMware Technical Support routinely requests diagnostic information from you when a support request is handled. This diagnostic information contains product specific logs, configuration files, and data appropriate to the situation. The information is gathered using a specific script or tool for each product and can include a host support bundle from the ESXi host and vCenter Server support bundle. Data collected in a host support bundle may be considered sensitive. Additionally, as of vSphere 6.5, support bundles can include encrypted information from an ESXi host. For more information on what information is included in the support bundles, see Data collected when gathering diagnostic information from vSphere products

Note: Collecting diagnostic information is the same as collecting or gathering log files.

This article provides procedures for obtaining diagnostic information for all VMware products.

The diagnostic information obtained by using this article is uploaded to VMware Technical Support. To properly identify your information, you need to use the Support Request (SR) number you receive when you create the new SR.

VMware Skyline Log Assist

For customers using VMware Skyline, Log Assist may be used to upload diagnostic information as well. Log Assist eliminates the time-consuming process of manually gathering and uploading log files that VMware Technical Support Engineers (TSEs) use to solve customers’ technical issues. Skyline Log Assist automates this manual process, which can take several hours or even days to complete. VMware TSEs will request the logs needed to assist with troubleshooting. The customer approves the request in Skyline Advisor and the requested logs are automatically uploaded to VMware Support. Likewise, customers can choose to proactively push log files to VMware Support via Skyline Advisor.

For more information about configuring Log Assist, please visit the Skyline Log Assist documentation page


elect your product and, where appropriate, the version from this list.

Note: When selecting your product, see the product versions in the corresponding article to determine if the relevant version is listed.

VMware Fusion
VMware Identity Manager
VMware Infrastructure SDK
(VMware vSphere Web Services, vSphere SDK for Perl, vSphere PowerCLI, vSphere vCLI, CIM SDK)
VMware Integrated OpenStack
VMware NSX Guest Introspection MUX
VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x
VMware Player
VMware Tools
VMware Update Manager
VMware Aria Operations for Logs
VMware Aria Operations
Collecting diagnostic information from VMware Aria Operations
VMware vCenter Server
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
VMware vCloud Director
VMware vCloud Usage Meter
VMware vSAN
VMware vSphere Replication
VMware Workstation (8.0 and above, Windows and Linux)
File menu Help > Support > Collect Support Data
WSX server logs:

Windows: %TEMP%\VMware-%USERNAME%
Linux: /var/log/vmware/
VMware vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) vRNI Collecting diagnostic log information
For more information on collecting diagnostic information for the Cisco Nexus 1000V, see the Cisco Support Community article Nexus 1000V Log Collection.