Provide frequently updated information about resource usage on the ESX server. This program performs a function similar to the Linux top command. Where top shows information on processes and process IDs, esxtop shows information on hypervisor resource pools, and resource pool groups. A resource pool is any item the hypervisor must schedule. For example, each virtual CPU, has a resource pool ID, and each virtual processor on a single virtual machine belongs to the same resource pool group.
esxtop’s various options change what information is displayed. Like top, esxtop also offers interactive commands to change what information it displays as it runs. esxtop has more interactive commands than we’ll show here. We are just covering the basic screens and common commands. The h command, however, will always show you the currently valid interactive commands.
Override configuration file settings and show all statistics.
Run in batch mode; don’t accept command-line input. Useful for sending output to another command or to a file.
Use alternative configuration file. This also becomes the default file for the interactive command W.
Set the delay between refreshes. Default is 3.
Update display num times, then exit.
Secure mode. Disable the interactive command s.
Prompt for number of rows to show.
Switch to CPU resource screen.
Switch to storage device screen.
Add or remove fields.
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