“Warning: Syslog is not configured. Please check the Syslog options….” message after upgrading to VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 2

After upgrading an ESXi 4.1 host to Update 2 the following warning message was displayed on the summary tab  in the vSphere client:

Warning: Syslog not configured. Please check Syslog options under Configuration.Software.Advanced Settings in vSphere client.

This happens to be a fix rather than a bug =) The following issue is resolved in the Update 2 package as you can read in the Release Notes:

The vSphere client does not display an alert message if Syslog is not configured
If the configuration information is not found while loading the syslog.conf file, an alert message related to configuration issues is not displayed in the Summary tab of the vSphere client.

This issue is resolved in this release. You can now see the following message in the Summary tab of the vSphere Client if Syslog is not configured:

Warning: Syslog not configured. Please check Syslog options under Configuration.Software.Advanced Settings in vSphere client.

The warning was correct because there was nothing configured for this setting.

So I checked the other hosts, which I upgraded earlier for their value of this setting. The totally logical value of [] /scratch/log/messages came to light. I didn’t look any further and put in the same value on the host that had the error.

No more worries 😉

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About Yuri de Jager
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3 Responses to “Warning: Syslog is not configured. Please check the Syslog options….” message after upgrading to VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 2

  1. Shaun says:

    Now how do you do that to 50 plus hosts…

    • Yuri de Jager says:

      You rang? PowerCLI FTW!

      For 1 host:
      Get-VMHost [host name FQDN] | Set-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -Name “Syslog.Local.Da
      tastorePath” -Value “[] /scratch/log/messages”

      For all hosts:
      Get-VMHost | Set-VMHostAdvancedConfiguration -Name “Syslog.Local.Da
      tastorePath” -Value “[] /scratch/log/messages”

  2. Shaun says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I have been looking for this for ages

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