How to export the vmware.log file from vSphere client ?

Hi All,

Can anyone here please let me know how to successfully export the vmware.log files from the VMFS datastore while the VM is running ?
using Windows vSphere client.

Thanks,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Browse the datastore select the file and click download icon.

Or use Winscp for multiple files
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
yes I have done it already but somehow it failed eventhough I'm the Administrator of the VCenter server.
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Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
there is a better way to do this, login to vcenter. file -> export events or export other.

we also have the option to view and copy out the log from vcenter, we also have options to connect to the host directly with putty and download from here also have options to look at the file on the host servers monitor too.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Ah is this the same as the generate system log feature ?
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Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
You are generating the logs from Vcenter so I would imagine so yes. Vcenter liases with the host and dumps the files on your PC.

There is no point being risky connecting to production boxes in the middle of the day why dont you go into Vcenter -> Home - System Logs and get the content you need that way?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you want logs for

1. A Guest VM - this is what VMware.log is
2. VCenter logs
3. Host ESXi logs

Either way its easier to get them via vWinscp!

And what do you then going to do with them?
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Andrew, number #1 the VMware.log

Veeam support ask me to do it for troubleshooting at the VM level.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay Exporting logs will not get you this log.

See my first post.
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
ok, so if I generate the system log for this selected VM is there any outage risk ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I think Veeam just want the vmware.log, which you can download using the vSphere Client, or WinSCP, not generating System Logs, which can hung/pause/turn of the VM!
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Thansk !
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