VMware provides several tools to help you monitor your virtual environment and to locate the source of potential issues and current problems.

Performance charts
Allow you to see performance data on a variety of system resources including CPU, Memory, Storage, and so on.
Performance monitoring command-line utilities
Allow you to access detailed information on system performance through the command line.
Host health
Allows you to quickly identify which hosts are healthy and which are experiencing problems.
Events, alerts, and alarms
Allow you to configure alerts and alarms and to specify the actions the system should take when they are triggered.
System Log Files
System logs contain additional information about activities in your vSphere environment.

Intended Audience

The content in this section is intended for vSphere administrators who perform the following tasks:

  • Monitor the health and performance of physical hardware backings for the virtual environment.
  • Monitor the health and performance of virtual devices in the virtual environment.
  • Troubleshoot problems in the system.
  • Configure alarms.
  • Configure SNMP messages.

Virtual machine administrators also might find the section on Monitoring Guest Operating System Performance helpful.

vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client

Task instructions in this guide are based on the vSphere Web Client. You can also perform most of the tasks in this guide by using the new vSphere Client. The new vSphere Client user interface terminology, topology, and workflow are closely aligned with the same aspects and elements of the vSphere Web Client user interface. You can apply the vSphere Web Client instructions to the new vSphere Client unless otherwise instructed.

Note: Not all functionality in the vSphere Web Client has been implemented for the vSphere Client in the vSphere 6.5 release. For an up-to-date list of unsupported functionality, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client Guide at http://www.vmware.com/info?id=1413.

VMware Technical Publications Glossary

VMware Technical Publications provides a glossary of terms that might be unfamiliar to you. For definitions of terms as they are used in VMware technical documentation, go to http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs.