VMware – Change the location of Vcenter Log file

Posted: March 15, 2010 in VMware

Something that a lot of people haven’t looked in to or just don’t think about is relocating the log files of vCenter, By default (Windows 2003) log files are stored in “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs”, and for Windows 2008 log files are stored in “C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs”.

As you can imagine the C:\ partition is not the ideal place for storing log files. I would personally recommend to use a separate drive for logfiles so avoid it from flooding any OS or Program related drives. You could pick a small size based on the expected log size and if needed increase the amount of logs that are stored and the size of the log file.

Changing this is pretty simple. Open “vpxd.cfg” and add the following line in between and


Changing the amount of log files stored and the size is also pretty basic, in this example vCenter will store 10 logfiles which are max 10MB each:


Keep in mind that you will need to restart the vCenter Service after these changes before they take effect!

Ref : http://www.yellow-bricks.com (Duncan)


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