You can use the vSphere Client to monitor the state of host hardware components, such as CPU processors, memory, fans, and other components.

The host health monitoring tool allows you to monitor the health of a variety of host hardware components including:

  • CPU processors
  • Memory
  • Fans
  • Temperature
  • Voltage
  • Power
  • Network
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • Cable/Interconnect
  • Software components
  • Watchdog
  • PCI devices
  • Other

The host health monitoring tool presents data gathered using Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) profiles. The information displayed depends on the sensors available on your server hardware. SMASH is an industry standard specification providing protocols for managing a variety of systems in the data center. For more information, see

You can monitor host health status by connecting the vSphere Clientto a vCenter Server system. You can also set alarms to trigger when the host health status changes.

Note: The interpretation of hardware monitoring information is specific for each hardware vendor. Your hardware vendor can help you understand the results of the host hardware components monitoring.