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SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere 4.8
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Audit logs


Audit log is a collection of events in a chronological order, which is written to a file within the appliance. The audit log files are generated at /var/log/netapp/audit location and the file names follow one of the below naming conventions:

  • audit.log: Active audit log file that is in use.

  • audit-%d{yyyy-MM-dd-HH-mm-ss}.log.gz: Rolled over audit log file. The date and time in the file name indicates when the file was created, for example: audit-2022-12-15-16-28-01.log.gz.

In the SCV plug-in user interface, you can view and export the audit log details from
Dashboard > Settings > Audit Logs Tab
You can view operation audit in the audit logs. The audit logs are downloaded with the Support bundle.

If Email settings are configured, SCV sends an Email notification in the event of an Audit Log Integrity Verification failure. An Audit Log Integrity Verification failure can happen when one of the files is tampered or deleted.

The default configurations of the audit files are:

  • Audit log file in use can grow to a maximum of 10 MB

  • A maximum of 10 audit log files are retained

To modify the default configurations add a key value pair in the /opt/netapp/scvservice/standalone_aegis/etc/scbr/ and restart the scvservice.

The configurations for audit log files are:

  • auditMaxROFiles=<xx>, where xx is the max number of rolled over audit log files, for example: auditMaxROFiles=15.

  • auditLogSize=<XX>MB, where xx is the size of the file in MB, for example: auditLogSize=15MB.

Rolled over audit logs are periodically verified for integrity. SCV provides REST APIs to view logs and verify their integrity. A built-in schedule triggers and assigns one of the following integrity statuses.




Audit log file content is modified


Audit log file is unmodified


* Audit log file is deleted based on retention
* By default, only 10 files are retained


Audit log file is deleted


* Audit log file is in use
* Only applicable to audit.log

Events are categorize into three major categories:

  • Data Protection Events

  • Maintenance Console Events

  • Admin Console Events

Data Protection Events

The resources in SCV are:

  • Storage System

  • Resource Group

  • Policy

  • Backup

The following table lists the operations that can be performed on each resource:



Storage System

Created, Modified, Deleted

Resource Group

Created, Modified, Deleted, Suspended, Resumed


Created, Modified, Deleted


Created, Renamed, Deleted, Mounted, Unmounted, Restored VMDK, Restored VM, Attach VMDK, Detach VMDK, Guest File Restore

Maintenance Console Events

The administrative operations in the maintenance console are audited.
Available maintenance console options are:

  1. Start / Stop services

  2. Change username & password

  3. Change MySQL password

  4. Configure MySQL Backup

  5. Restore MySQL Backup

  6. Change 'maint' user password

  7. Change time zone

  8. Change NTP Server

  9. Disable SSH access

  10. Increase jail disk size

  11. Upgrade

  12. Install VMware Tools (We are working on replace this with open-vm tools)

  13. Change IP address settings

  14. Change domain name search settings

  15. Change static routes

  16. Access diagnostic shell

  17. Enable remote diagnostic access

Admin Console Events

The following operations in the Admin Console UI are audited:

  • Settings

    • Change admin credentials

    • Change timezone

    • Change NTP Server

    • Change IPv4 / IPv6 settings

  • Configuration

    • Change vCenter Credentials

    • Plug-in Enable / Disable