Aug 13 2015

vShield Manager disk 100% full

A few days ago my vShield Manager, VSM, virtual machine (VM) disk system was filled up to 100%. Yes i know this is due to poor monitoring but it’s in my lab and i’m using it for a specific reason from time to time. At least i had some reporting of the issue so i could fix it.

All the times i have seen this it has been because of log files not being deleted.

The preferred way to solve this problem is to open a support request (SR) with VMware and let them take care of things but in many cases you might do some research yourself. This is what i did to solve the problem or simply free up some disk space.

  • Open the VSM console
  • Log on using the admin credentials
  • Type enable and the admin password once again
  • Start SSH, since i usually finds it easier to troubleshoot via an ssh session compared to the VM console, by typing the following command:
    • ssh start
  • Log on via ssh using the above described procedure
  • Verified the file system status/usage by typing the following command:
    • show filesystems
      It showed 100% utilisation for /dev/sda2 (root file system)
  • Clean up the log files by typing the following commands:
    • purge log manager
    • purge log system
  • Verified file system usage and it still showed 100% utilisation for the root file system
  • Reboot the VSM
  • Verified file system usage and it now showed 4 GB available disk space

This solution applies to vShield Manager version 5.5.3 build 2175697

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 14.01.27

Case closed:)

Apparently this works for NSX (more specifically at least for NSX 6.1.4) as well according to Mohammed Salem
hanks for letting me know.



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  1. Sean

    Very Helpful. As note the ssh command is backwards so instead of start ssh it is ssh (start/stop).


  2. magander3

    No problem. thanks for the heads up, changed now.


  3. Denis

    Thank you. this works for V5.5.4-2673026 as well.

  4. magander3

    Good stuff, thanks for the information


  5. Just Helpin

    Instead of a reboot, you can always just restart the web manager:
    conf t
    no web manager
    web manager

  6. Jason_C

    I am so glad this was posted. I ran into an issue under a time crunch (like usual) over the weekend but left this site up on my PC to remind me to post how grateful I am/was to come across this tidbit. ~thanks!

  7. magander3

    Glad you found it useful


  8. vChris

    Thanks for the help ! That did the trick !

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