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What is Esxtop in VMware?

What is Esxtop in VMware?

The VMware esxtop tool provides a real-time view (updated every five seconds, by default) of ESX Server worlds sorted by CPU usage. The term world refers to processes running on the VMkernel. There are three types of worlds: System: The worlds that are needed to perform various system services.

How do I run Esxtop commands?

Start esxtop by typing esxtop at the command line. Type v to switch to disk view (virtual machine mode). Press f to modify the fields that are displayed. Press b, d, e, h, and j to toggle the fields and press Enter.

How do I run Esxtop in batch mode?


  1. Start resxtop (or esxtop) to redirect the output to a file. For example: esxtop -b > my_file.csv. The filename must have a . csv extension. The utility does not enforce this, but the post-processing tools require it.
  2. Process statistics collected in batch mode using tools such as Microsoft Excel and Perfmon.

How do you sort Esxtop?

Press ‘R’ to sort by %RDY column. The percentage of time the vCPU world is in an idle loop. %IDLE is only available for vCPU worlds.

What does Esxtop command do?

Esxtop is a command-line tool that gives administrators real-time information about resource usage in a vSphere environment. With esxtop, an administrator can monitor CPU, disk space, memory and network resource usage. The command can be run either directly at the console or remotely, by using a secure shell console.

What is a high co stop value?

High Percent Co-Stop (%CSTP) Co-Stop (%CSTP) is the percentage of time that a SMP virtual machine was ready to run, but incurred delay due to co-vCPU scheduling contention. To remedy Co-Stop on a VM, decrease the number of vCPUs on that VM.

Where can I run Esxtop?

Both top and esxtop run only at the command line of a server. You would access these commands by either going directly to a server console or by connecting to a server remotely via SSH (or telnet, if enabled).

How do you use Esxtop CPU?

Once you are logged into the command line interface simply type ‘esxtop’ and hit enter. Within the esxtop screen we can use different keys to change the view and examine certain metrics such as CPU ‘c’, memory ‘m’, network ‘n’, disk ‘d’.

What is DAVG?

DAVG/cmd is the average response time in milliseconds per command being sent to the element. KAVG/cmd is the amount of time the command spends in the VMkernel. GAVG/cmd is the response time as perceived by the guest VM. This number is the sum of DAVG and KAVG.

How do I use VisualEsxtop?

Cool Tool: VisualEsxtop

  1. Unzip “VisualEsxtop. zip” in to a folder you want to store the tool.
  2. Go to the folder.
  3. Double click “visualesxtop. bat” when running Windows (Or follow William’s tip for the Mac)
  4. Click “File” and “Connect to Live Server”
  5. Enter the “Hostname”, “Username” and “Password” and hit “Connect”
  6. That is it…

How many VMs are in a host?

You may be able to fit as many as 100 VMs on a single host, or as few as two.

How many vCPUs do I need?

Adding unnecessary vCPUs can also hurt your consolidation ratio. On average, you should see four to six vCPUs per physical core. If every VM has one more vCPU than it needs, you are only getting two to three vCPUs per core. To properly size the vCPU for a VM, look at the performance metrics of the workload.

What is DAVG and KAVG?

“QAVG: The average queue latency. QAVG is part of KAVG. Response time is the sum of the time spent in queues in the storage stack and the service time spent by each resource in servicing the request. The largest component of the service time is the time spent in retrieving data from physical storage.

What is a high DAVG?

High Device Latency: Device Average Latency (DAVG) consistently greater than 20 to 30 ms may cause a performance problem for your typical application. • High Kernel Latency: Kernel Average Latency (KAVG) should usually be 0 in an ideal environment, but anything greater than 2 ms may be a performance problem.

How many VMs can I run on one server?

If you want to use all the processors, you can run at least 64 VMs with stable performance for sure; you can run more than 64 VMs but you have to monitor their performance.

What is KAVG?

KAVG (Kernel Average Latency) time an I/O request spent waiting inside the vSphere storage stack. QAVG (Queue Average latency) time spent waiting in a queue inside the vSphere Storage Stack.

What is QAVG?

Queue Average. VMware defines it as: “QAVG: The average queue latency. QAVG is part of KAVG. Response time is the sum of the time spent in queues in the storage stack and the service time spent by each resource in servicing the request.