Load Balancing VMware Log Insight With KEMP’s LoadMaster Part 1- Deploying the Master Node.


Introduction

VMware have created Log Insight to help customers solve problems faster, Find Problems you didn’t know you had and get actionable insight into what the messages mean.

This series of articles are going to cover the deployment of VMware’s Log Insight Manager infrastructure, configuration of Load Balancing using “KEMP” and configuring VMware’s ESXI Hosts to Send logs to Log Insight.

VMware vCenter Log Insight is a analytics product released last year. Log Insight delivers automated management through analytics, aggregation, and search.

Technical Overview:

Analyse

  • Log Insight Can analyse any unstructured time-series data, Configuration etc.
  • It automatically identifies structures in the data
  • No Need for Databases

Scale

  • Central, Scale-out store for all collected logs, SQL is not used.
  • Configurable retention and archiving
  • Maintenance free

Best for vSphere

  • Queries, alerts, fields, charts in the vSphere Content pack

Scale Out Architecture

Loginisight Scale Out Arch

The new 2.0 version of Log Insight brings the following enhancements and features:

  • 8x faster data collection
  • 2TB of live data (searchable) per node
  • High Availability removing a single point of failure for Log ingestion
  • Load balancing Log Insight using a third party Load Balancer like “KEMP”
  • Single User interface for a central management interface
  • Windows OS Support

Log Insight supports ingestion and receipt of Syslog messages that are sent over UDP, TCP, TCP with SSL encryption and via API. We will cover this in more detail later on in the series.

for more information on the features please see the following link:

https://blogs.vmware.com/management/2014/05/announcing-vcenter-log-insight-2-0-scalable-fast-log-management-that-does-windows.html?utm_source=loginsightvmware.com

Deploying Log Insight 2.0

The first step would be to download the Log Insight appliance from VMware.

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login

Loginsight OVF

Once you have imported the OVF and added the basic Configuration (IP address,

Gateway etc),  you will then be able to browse to the web portal as shown in the “Welcome to vCenter Log Insight” Screenshot.

Log Insight Boot

Log Insight consol

If you have DHCP, then the IP address settings will be done for you as per the screenshot above.

First start screen

follow the instructions as guided.

Choose deployment

Select “Start New Deployment ”

Admin details

Enter in the Admin Details as shown in the Screenshot

Add License KeyAdd your license Key

General Configuration 1

Configure Time, SNMP, and SMTP.

Time

SMTP Settings

Settings All Done

Login

Dashboard

We are now ready to move on to adding Worker Nodes.

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