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How to Read ESX Logs

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I am a windows guru who recently inherited ESX servers.  After review, it appears that you can use the command vm-support to compile logs for a server.  However, how do you extract them on a windows system and is there a document that gives info on how to read these logs?
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System logs can be accessed from VirtualCenter (2.5) from the administration button, system logs tab.

Also see:
http://vmetc.com/2008/05/13/troubleshooting-esx-logs/
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If you use the VI client to get the support info instead it will attempt to download them locally to your PC.

However if you want to run the script in a putty session (or what not) they will be created in the directory of your session. Use WinSCP to get them OR run it from a datastore and download them from VI client.

RE reading them, you can either use a hex editor to replace the character that symbolises a return carriage and open them in notepad or use some free software that recognises the different return carriage. Trace32 (part of SMS i believe) does a good job of the latter.
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you can copy them off and extract the files using something like 7zip or on the actual box tar -xzf file.tar.gz or if you have a .tar file tar -xf file.tar
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Automated but doesn't help with ESXTOP
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