Chapter 2

An Introduction to ESX Native Tools and How to Use Them


This chapter is going to review the tools that come native to all ESX servers. It is important that, one, you understand these tools exist, and, two, you know how to use them from the command line and how you can incorporate them into scripts. VMware provides some very powerful tools that are built on native Linux functionality and that are expanded for use within the ESX host and the virtual machines residing on them.


Esxtop is a very simple yet powerful tool that can be used for diagnosing performance issues of the ESX host as well as the virtual machines. In Linux, there exists a comparable command-line ...

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