Free Log Insight for vCenter

Hi people,

I'd like to ask some clarification for Free Log Insight for vCenter before implementing it in my Vmware environment.

My environment:
2x Vcenter Server Standard 5.1 Update 1 - Windows Server 2008 R2
1x Vcenter Server Essential 5.1 Update 1 - Windows Server 2012 R2

16x ESXi 5.1U3b hosts running on HP Blade Bl 465c G7/8
200 VMs
15 other Physical machine

I read that the Log Insight for vCenter is now available for free only to the first 25 server.

Question:

1. Can I download and use it with my VCenter 5.1 ?
2. Assuming there is additional Agent to be installed on the VM or physical machine to effectively monitor, does it require a reboot ?
3. Can I install it on my physical host running on Windows Server 2008 - 2012 R2 ?
4. Does 25 OSI pack means 25 IP address maximum to be monitored ?

Thanks in advance.

Source: http://www.virten.net/2016/03/getting-started-with-the-free-log-insight-for-vcenter/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Can I download and use it with my VCenter 5.1 ?

Yes, download is here

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VRLI-331-VCENTER&productId=491&rPId=10346

2. Assuming there is additional Agent to be installed on the VM or physical machine to effectively monitor, does it require a reboot ?

Agents are provided for Linux and Windows, available from the same download location. It does not require a restart or reboot of the Server, it's just an application which you install, which is a Windows service which can be stopped and started.

3. Can I install it on my physical host running on Windows Server 2008 - 2012 R2 ?

Log Insight is an Appliance which you import into a Host.

4. Does 25 OSI pack means 25 IP address maximum to be monitored ?

Yes, it is really devices, or IP Addresses, but also includes vCenter Server and your hosts first.

as you have 2 x vCenter Server Standard, you are in fact entitled two 2 Log Insight Servers e.g. total of 50 devices, but you will have to deploy two Log Insight Appliances, and use your License Key for vCenter Server if you were using vSphere 6.0, otherwise obtain the license key from MyVMware.

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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Many thanks Andrew for the reply,

So what is the purpose of "VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.1 for vCenter Server - PAK file" ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
A PAK file is an upgrade file to upgrade an earlier version of VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.0 to 3.3.1.

see here

https://pubs.vmware.com/log-insight-30/topic/com.vmware.log-insight.administration.doc/GUID-A18FA2DE-8D01-4AD4-A501-B94C62C37B60.html
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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
many thanks !
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hi Andrew, is it any good to run the Log Insight agent to monitor my Windows physical server as well ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it's very good, and if you use the additional Windows Content packs, will also filter the data.
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ah I see,

So is it this one for the content pack:

VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.1 - Window Importer install file
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No. Content packs are available from the Marketplace, once you've installed VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.1
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Alright, that does make sense for all :-)
Many thakns Andrew.

I'll open new thread if I need some more information.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems.
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