Solved

ESXi Performance monitoring best practices (performance counter selection list)

Posted on 2010-11-23
8
1,513 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi All,

I received error when i try to analyze the speed or performance issue on my VM, when i try to turn on some of the counters I got the following error:


Is there any guideline or description on which counter shall i put into to analyze disk speed performance issue ?

Thanks

Kind Regards,
JJ
graphing.jpg
0
Comment
Question by:jjoz
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
8 Comments
 
LVL 11

Accepted Solution

by:
louisreeves earned 167 total points
ID: 34202410
I would say the issue you have is due to the version of ESX. ESXi is a free product. you are not going to get get very good monitoring without vcenter server. This is the full service application which includes windows counters to give you all the monitoring you will need. ESXi may have more functionality but you will need to buy liscenses. If I am mising anything about the question please let me know if I made any wrong assumptions about the question.

Happy Holidays~!
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:jjoz
ID: 34202421
hm.. but at least i can get one or two counters like the following:

does this looks like a problem or OK as normal load ?
diskGraphs.jpg
0
 
LVL 16

Assisted Solution

by:danm66
danm66 earned 167 total points
ID: 34206472
that is a general limitation within the GUI that you can't select more than 2 counters at any one time.  If you want to graphically view historical performance data, you can go to the console to collect the performance data with the vm-support command and use batch mode to dump it into a file that can be read with perfmon.  esxplot from http://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxplot will show the batch data, too, and doesn't take as long to load as perfmon, but I don't remember if you can view more than one measurement at a time.

The data is stored in the VC's database, if you are using vCenter, so it's also possible to find or create your own application that can pull the data out of the database.
0
Portable, direct connect server access

The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

 
LVL 5

Assisted Solution

by:xylog
xylog earned 166 total points
ID: 34206759
In general, when looking at storage related issues, you want to look at IOPS. That is Input/Ouput operations Per Second. If you are saturating your disks capacity for IO operations you will see degraded performance. Specifically in a VM environment you need to consider how many guest instances are accessing your disk simultaneously. If I have 4 guest instances accessing a volume which is a 2-disk mirror set, I have 4 vms on two spindles. Each disk can handle a certain amount of IOPS so adding disks to a volume will give you more IO capacity.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:jjoz
ID: 34210804
@xylog: how can I see the IOPS status in VCenter ? is it possible ?
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:xylog
ID: 34215184
You already have it in your picture there, its called "Disk Commands Issued."
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:jjoz
ID: 34215190
(-_-)" thanks xylog, I didn't know it because it doesn't say anything about IOPS :-|
0

Featured Post

Easy, flexible multimedia distribution & control

Coming soon!  Ideal for large-scale A/V applications, ATEN's VM3200 Modular Matrix Switch is an all-in-one solution that simplifies video wall integration. Easily customize display layouts to see what you want, how you want it in 4k.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server, the Windows OS we will install is Windows Server 2016.
This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.
Teach the user how to join ESXi hosts to Active Directory domains Open vSphere Client: Join ESXi host to AD domain: Verify ESXi computer account in AD: Configure permissions for domain user in ESXi: Test domain user login to ESXi host:
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial

751 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question