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.
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
Instructions in this guide reflect the vSphere Client (an HTML5-based GUI). You can also use the instructions to perform the tasks by using the vSphere Web Client (a Flex-based GUI).
Tasks for which the workflow differs significantly between the vSphere Client and the vSphere Web Client have duplicate procedures that provide steps according to the respective client interface. The procedures that relate to the vSphere Web Client, contain vSphere Web Client in the title.