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  • 1.  vCenter Audit Login Failure Event

    Posted 12 days ago

    Login successes are captured as events in the vCenter log, but what about login failures? I cannot see them in the logs. I am trying to setup an Aria Operations for Logs event when there are failed logins. 



  • 2.  RE: vCenter Audit Login Failure Event

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted 12 days ago

    SSO-based login failures do emit events, see https://williamlam.com/2019/04/enhanced-vcenter-server-audit-event-logging-in-vsphere-6-7-update-2.html but if you're using external identity ... I don't believe an event is generated (easy enough to test/confirm as it'll show up in the vSphere UI under Events) as that might be managed through identity provider itself



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  • 3.  RE: vCenter Audit Login Failure Event

    Posted 12 days ago

    Hi William, thanks for the response. Can you put in a feature request to have external identity login failures included as an event? What prompted this discussion was reading through the Protecting vSphere From Specialized Malware article, which has this section:

    For anyone else looking for matching strings, this is what I used for login success and login failure for administrator@vsphere.local:

    VdirPasswordFailEvent from user(cn=administrator,cn=users,dc=vsphere,dc=local)

    User VSPHERE.LOCAL\Administrator@* logged in




  • 4.  RE: vCenter Audit Login Failure Event
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    Broadcom Employee
    Posted 12 days ago

    I was able to get access to an env that had AD setup and both login success AND failures are indeed captured. See the screenshot below where a non-vSphere SSO domain was used (sfo.rainpole.io)



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  • 5.  RE: vCenter Audit Login Failure Event

    Posted 12 days ago

    That worked, thank you Mr. Lam.