Setting vSphere Log Directory

Log into your vSphere host using ssh as root.

Assuming 608ee632-9b6d36e6-0286-b47af13db000 is the datastore you want to use:

cd /vmfs/volumes/608ee632-9b6d36e6-0286-b47af13db000

mkdir log

Or use any other directory name you like.

esxcli system syslog config get

Will show you the current log location, which, if you were came here from a search engine, is probably []/scratch/log and refuses to be changed.

esxcli system syslog config set —logdir=/vmfs/volumes/608ee632-9b6d36e6-0286-b47af13db000/log

As one line this will set the log directory to the directory created above.

Make active with:

esxcli system syslog reload

Check with

esxcli system syslog config get

Everything should be good now.

(This is not professional help. I just wrote this blog entry because it annoyed me that this could not be found anywhere. If you use vSphere you need professional help.)

 © Andrew Brehm 2016