The Get Top Processes action is used for troubleshooting process issues and resource issues related to the applications of the virtual machine.

How the Action Works

The Get Top Processes action, provides the status of top 10 processes for the selected virtual machine. You can troubleshoot issues related to the resources that are affecting the applications in the virtual machine.

By default, the details of top 10 processes are displayed for the selected virtual machine. You can change the number of processes and view the details for top N processes where N is between 1-100. You have the option to view the processes based on CPU and Memory.

The Get Top Processes action is run on both Windows virtual machine and Linux virtual machine. You can view the summary information for the commands only in a Linux virtual machine.

Where You Run the Action

For supported objects and object levels, in the main menu, select the Environment tab and then select the relevant VM from the Inventory tree. This action is available from the Actions menu just below the top menu in VMware Aria Operations.


  • VMware Tools must be installed and running on the VM. For details see KB 75122
  • Service discovery is activated with the successful discovery of VMs.
  • The VM must be powered on and connected.

Action Options

You must enter the VM credentials to authenticate when the VM is monitored in a credential-less mode or when the VM is monitored in a credential-based mode where the user is not authenticated. To ensure that you are taking the right action, review the following information.

Option Description
Number of Processes

Displays the number of processes for which the details are displayed.


Displays new data about processes, when you change the value for the number of processes.


Displays the name of the application


Displays the process ID.


Displays the CPU usage in percentage for Linux VMs.

Displays the CPU usage in seconds for Windows VMs. The count starts when you start the operating system in the VM .

Mem (%)

Displays the Memory usage in KB.


Displays the user name.

Displays the process status. It can be in one these states:
  • For Linux - I, R, S
  • For Windows - Unknown, Running, and Sleeping

Displays data about the specified numbers of processes.