Monthly Archives: May 2014

VMware vSphere ESXi Host has an Alarm, reporting Host IPMI System Event Log Status.


You are getting a Host IPMI System Event Log Status Alarm on an ESXi/ESX Host.


To clear the log and reset the sensors:

Step # 1

In the vCenter Inventory, select the ESXi/ESX host that has this Alert

Step # 2

Click the Alarms tab, to verify that this ESXi/ESX host does in fact have the Alert.

Step # 3

Click the Hardware Status tab.

Step # 4

Click on the drop down button with Sensors and switch it to System event log.


Step # 5

Click on Reset event log.


You will now see that you are Resetting System event log


Step # 6

Click Reset Sensors to reset the host sensors.

Step # 7

You should now see this message.


Or if you Update your view you might see this message.


You should now have a cleared System Event Log File.

Step # 9

You will now need to Acknowledge Alarm and Clear.

You are finally done!

Changing VMware vSphere Syslog Collector settings for either maxSize and Rotate.


Issue:You need to either increase or decrease these settings, after installation with the wizard.Since there is not a utility to re-run to adjust either of these settings, you have to do it manually.1) Size of log file before rotation: = <maxSize>10</maxSize>2) Log rotations to keep: = <rotate>50</rotate>
Fix:You will need to edit an XML file, I recommend using Notepad++ for this task.Here is the file location for each OS.1) Windows Server 2003C:\Users\All Users\VMware\VMware Syslog Collector\vmconfig-syslog.xml

2) Windows Server 2008/2012

C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Syslog Collector\vmconfig-syslog.xml

Once you have located the above referenced file, make a backup copy of it.You will need to edit this file as an Administrator, if using Notepad++, just run it as an Administrator.Then find the XML Element <defaultvalues>, this is where you will be making your changes.<defaultValues><port>514</port><protocol>TCP,UDP</protocol><maxSize>10</maxSize>




Now you can change either the maxSize in Megabytes, or the Rotate count.

Next, re-start the VMware vSphere Syslog Collector Service.

Here is a screen shot of the original wizard where you made the selections, or went with the defaults, now you find yourself needing to make a change.