Tuesday 2 July 2013

VisualEsxtop Fling

A new fling has been released from VMware called VisualEsxtop.  For those of you who don't know what a fling is, and in their own words, flings are "Apps and tools built by our engineers that are intended to be played with and explored"

VisualEsxtop takes the popular troubleshooting tool Esxtop and, as is says, visualises it:


VisualEsxtop is an enhanced version of resxtop and esxtop. VisualEsxtop can connect to VMware vCenter Server or ESX hosts, and display ESX server stats with a better user interface and more advanced features.

  • Live connection to ESX host or vCenter Server
  • Flexible way of batch output
  • Load batch output and replay them
  • Multiple windows to display different data at the same time
  • Line chart for selected performance counters
  • Flexible counter selection and filtering
  • Embedded tooltip for counter description
  • Color coding for important counters

To get started on Windows first ensure you have the path to Java in your %PATH% variable.  In my case the path to my Java installation is C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin;

Once added you should be able to fire up the application via visualEsxtop.bat (You may need to reboot first).  From here simply connect to a live server from the File menu and enter your details.  In my case I'm connecting to vc01.m80arm.local /esxi5-01.m80arm.local

Once connected you can select from the tabs along the top all the usual esxtop options that you would see via the CLI.

Download it and take it for a spin, it's free

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