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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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12.4. Working with Command-Line Tools

In addition to alarms and performance graphs, VMware also provides a couple command-line utilities to help with monitoring performance and resource usage. Unless stated otherwise, these tools work only with VMware ESX and not VMware ESXi, because they rely upon the presence of the Linux-based Service Console present only with VMware ESX.

12.4.1. Using esxtop

You can also monitor virtual machine performance using a command-line tool named esxtop. A great reason to use esxtop is the immediate feedback it gives you after you adjust a virtual machine. Using esxtop, you can monitor all four major resource types (CPU, disk, memory, and network) on a particular ESX host. Figure 12.14 shows some sample output from ...

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