Interpreting ESXtop Statistics #vmware #esx. Introduction Section CPU Section Worlds and Groups Section PCPUs Section Global Statistics Section. VMware: Interpreting esxtop Statistics. Leave a reply Section Adapter, Device, VM screens Section I/O Throughput Statistics. The paper is titled “Interpreting esxtop Statistics“. “esxtop” is an utility provided by VMware which can be used to perform monitoring and.

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It is possible to drill down to expanded views of this data. The guest activities are represented mostly by the vcpu worlds.

VMware: Interpreting esxtop Statistics

Esxtop shows the storage statistics in three different screens: Sometimes the difference may be big, because 1 guest Niterpreting uses a different working set estimate algorithm, 2 guest OS has a different view of active guest physical memory, due to ballooning and host swapping.

One way to read the batch mode output file is to load it in Windows perfmon. In the following sections, this document will describe the esxtop statistics shown by each screen and their usage. If esxtop is used in batch mode, make sure that the esxtop configuration file includes all counters of interest. These worlds are waiting for events most of time. Interpreting VMware esxtop 4. However, it may potentially increase latency. Beside fancy definitions, one of the most relevant perks of this release….

This part of memory is not measured directly by Interprefing. Note that this kind of swap is host swap, not the guest swap by the guest OS.

Interpreting VMware esxtop 4.1 Statistics

The arithmetic mean of CPU loads in 1 minute, 5 minutes, and 15 minutes, based on 6-second samples. A core is utilized, if either or both of the PCPUs on this core are utilized. The ESX storage stack adds a few layers of code between a virtual machine and bare hardware. In the case of interactive use of esxtop, the order in which the selected fields are displayed can be selected.


For a VM, it is the amount of guest physical memory granted to the group, i. Encryption of virtual machines is something that has been requested for years by the security community. ESX can make use of the HyperThreading technology, so, the performance counters takes HyperThreading into consideration as well.

The “helper” group contains the helper worlds that assist VMKernel operations. VMKernel page sharing module scans and finds guest physical pages with the same content and backs them with the same machine page. VMware vSphere Tagged With: The frequency of a PCPU may be changed due to power management.

In more detail, let’s use an example. This kind of sharing can happen within the same Sattistics or among the VMs.

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The return key can be pressed to force a refresh. If the effective frequency is 1. A powered-on VM has a corresponding group, which contains multiple worlds. The stats are related, but not the same.

More detailed discussion on the groups are out of the scope. Basically, if there is not enough free memory and ESX are experiencing swapping or ballooning, ESX box is under memory pressure. But, balloon extop happens lazily until the VM requests new memory. So, there are two PCPUs on each core, i. So, it will swap out mapped guest physical memory pages to make room for the recent requests. Ansible is one of the four main players in the automation market, younger interpretig the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in in Durham, N.

It is the machine memory reported by BIOS. The percentage of time the VCPU world is in idle loop. The output of esxtop can be viewed in different types of screens one each for CPU statistics, memory statixtics, network statistics, disk adapter statistics, disk device statistics, disk Interpretiny statistics and interrupt statistics.


The amount of guest physical memory recently used by the VM, which is estimated by VMKernel statistic sampling. The world id identifies the leader world of the VM group.

If the difference is big, there might be some hardware issue. The two PCPUs in a core share a lot of hardware resources, including the execution units and cache. The exact equation is out of scope of this document.

CPU load accounts the run time and ready time for all the groups on the host. Please refer to “Resource Management Guide” for details. The percentage of time spent by system services on behalf of the world. Please note that since the CPU frequency may change often, you may go to the esxtop power screen, pressing ‘p’, to see how often the PCPU stays at what states, which can help guess the effective frequency. In either case, ballooning is necessary and preferred over swapping.

Voor kinderen met een spierziekte Als je wilt doneren dan kan da… https: Note that there are queues in different storage layers. Note that this stats refers to the VMKernel swapping not the guest swapping.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Note that ballooning does not have as big performance hit as swapping does. There are two possible reasons: Please also note that turbo mode may make the effective frequency higher than the nominal frequency.

The tables below describe their relationships.

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