Photon OS rsyslog send to Syslog Server – Quick Guide


* Photon OS based virtual machine
* VMware vRealize Log Insight or any other Syslog server

Configuration of Photon OS:

Install rsyslog
tdnf install rsyslog

Extend /etc/rsyslog.conf with Syslog Server target

replace the following line:
*.* @@remote-host:514

with for example (syslog.local is the IP or name of your syslog server):
*.* @@syslog.local:514

restart rsyslog
systemctl restart rsyslog.service

in case rsyslog is not enabled
systemctl enable rsyslog.service

That’s the basic setup. Now how to send a specific log to syslog.

vi /etc/rsyslog.d/application.conf

$ModLoad imfile
$InputFilePollInterval 10
$InputFileName /opt/vmware/log/app.log
$InputFileTag APP
$InputFileStateFile Stat-APP
$InputFileSeverity app
$InputFileFacility local7
$InputFilePersistStateInterval 1000

restart rsyslog service

systemctl restart rsyslog.service


Create snapshot including memory on ESXi command line

Today I have been asked how to create a snapshot directly on the ESXi host using vim-cmd including virtual machine memory.

Quick example from my lab:

Get the VMID of the virtual machine

[root@esxi:~] vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms

Sample output:

Create snapshot including memory

[root@esxi:~] vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create 124 "SnapshotName" "Snapshot Description" true true
Create Snapshot:


[root@esxi:~] vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.get 124
Get Snapshot:
--Snapshot Name        : SnapshotName
--Snapshot Id        : 1
--Snapshot Desciption  : Snapshot Description
--Snapshot Created On  : 3/7/2019 14:33:24
--Snapshot State       : powered on

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