This topic describes the VMware event source parameters.
You use the VMware option on the Log Collector Config View Event Sources tab to add and maintain configuration parameters for VMware event sources. These event sources generate events from a VMware virtual infrastructure. The infrastructure typically consists of multiple VMware vCenter Servers that connect to several ESX, ESXi, and embedded ESXi servers. Each of the vCenter servers collects and manages tasks and events. Events can be any message generated by a VMware event source (for example, an alarm). Tasks are jobs that you schedule to perform.
To access the VMware Event Source Configuration Parameters:
- In the Security Analytics menu, select Administration > Services
- In the Services grid, select a Log Collector service.
- Click under Actions and select View > Config.
The Service Config view is displayed with the General tab open.
- Click the Event Sources tab.
- Select VMware from the drop-down menu.
The VMware view in the Event Sources tab has two panels: Event Categories and Sources.
Event Categories Panel
In the Event Categories panel, you can add or delete the appropriate event source types.
Available Event Sources Types Dialog
The Available Event Source Types dialog displays the list of supported event source types.
Use this panel to review, add, modify, and delete event sources and their parameters for the event source type you selected in the Event Categories panel.
Caution: For VMware event collection, Security Analytics pulls all the currently existing events the first time that you start collecting VMware events.
The following table provides descriptions of the toolbar options.
Add or Modify Sources Dialog
In this dialog, you add or modify an event source for the selected event source.
|Source Parameters||Lists the parameters populated with the default values. Enter or modify the appropriate values.|
|Cancel||Closes the dialog without adding an event source or saving the parameter values for the selected event source.|
|OK||In the Add Sources dialog, adds the event source and its parameters. In the Modify Sources dialog, applies the parameter value changes for the selected event source.|
The following table provides descriptions of the source parameters.
|Name *||Name of the server on which VMware is running.|
|Address *||IP Address of the VMware server. (127.0.0.1 is the default value).|
|Username *|| |
User name that the Log Collector uses to connect to the VMware server. You must specify a user name when you create the event source.
Caution: If you need to enter the domain name as part of the Username, you must use a backslash as a separator For example, if the domain\username is corp\smithj , you must specify corp\\smithj.
|Password *|| |
Password that the Log Collector uses to connect to the VMware server.
Caution: The password is encrypted internally and is displayed in its encrypted form.
|Enabled||Select the check box to enable the event source configuration to start collection. The check box is selected by default.|
|Polling Interval|| |
Interval (amount of time in seconds) between each poll. The default value is 180.
For example, if you specify 180, the collector schedules a polling of the event source every 180 seconds. If the previous polling cycle is still underway, the collector waits for that cycle to finish. If you have a large number of event sources that you are polling, it may take longer than 180 seconds for the polling to start because the threads are busy.
|Max Duration Poll||The maximum duration of polling cycle (how long the cycle lasts) in seconds.|
|Max Idle Time Poll||Maximum idle time, in seconds, of a polling cycle. 0 indicates no limit. 300 is the default value.|
|Max Events Poll||The maximum number of events per polling cycle (how many events collected per polling cycle).|
Caution: Only enable debugging (set this parameter to "On" or "Verbose") if you have a problem with an event source and you need to investigate this problem. Enabling debugging will adversely affect the performance of the Log Collector.
Enables or disables debug logging for the event source. Valid values are:
This parameter is designed to debug and monitor isolated event source collection issues.
|Cancel||Closes the dialog without adding an event source type.|
|OK||Adds the parameters for the event source.|