VMware Log Insight 4.0

VMware just released Log Insight (LI) version 4.0. Generally for LI releases my posts are light because it never makes sense to me to elaborate extensively when Steve Flanders (@sflanders) owns this space. You can find his site at sflanders.net where he will go into all the details (over time with many posts) about 4.0 as he has done with all the previous releases. I’m just going to mention some highlights here, but if you are interested here is the list of all the updates.

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Anyway, the first thing you’ll notice is a new UI. VMware calls this their VMware Clarity standard. Here is the new login screen – clean comes to mind (which I personally like).

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And with the VMAX Content Pack installed, here is the Overview dashboard. VMware upgrades to Log Insight never break Content Packs, though many vendors will update them to take advantage of new features. I am in the process of updating the VMAX CP to include compression information for those customers running VMAX All Flash arrays, and I’ll include some things in LI 4.0.

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Another nice feature in relation to Content Packs is an Updates screen which show the user any available updates to Content Packs they currently have installed. You can then update them individually or all at once. cp_updates

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There is also a new “gauge” chart type. This chart type requires a single scalar data type – which basically means no time series, and no group by. Here I have an example of my original bubble chart type for storage containers and below it I’ve converted to the gauge type. Note that VMware will generate the green/yellow/red levels automatically. You can adjust these if you want and I’ve included where you do that in Interactive Analysis below the charts.

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Remember with vCenter Server licenses you get free LI licenses so it’s always worth a test drive.

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