Physical Server Resource Logging to aid Vsphere implementation


I'm looking into methods of monitoring and plotting the resource requirement for physical servers. We are migrating to a vSphere environment but would like to assign only the required resource for the servers. Does anybody know of any tools or ways to plott these figures.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you do not currently have any VMware vSphere. You would have to use Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor in the physical machines. You could contact a VMware Partner or Consultancy, and we have a product called VMware Capacity Manager, which is a service that can analyse your network and scale your vSphere environment correctly, this is a service which is provided by VMware Partners, and it's not available to end users.

There is a product called Guided Consolidation which can perform this for you in vSphere vCenter (it's installed by default), which can monitor your physical servers, and makes recommendations if they are good candidates for virtualisation, and then you can use the vConverter product, and select them and Import the Physical Machines into Virtual (P2V).

BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
you can use the MAPS tool

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IntechnicalAuthor Commented:
Does Guided Consolidation give me recommendations on the resource requirment for each server?

BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Guided Consolidation analyses the physical servers CPU, and Memory resources over a period of time, and informs you as too whether it's a good candidate for Virtualisation, by using a rating system.
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