4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 6, 2012 5:22 AM by sinnes

    Comments about "VMware KB: Checking for resource starvation of the ESX/ESXi Service Console" (1003496)

    ricmarques Enthusiast

      Hi and Happy 2012!

       

      The title of the VMware 1003496 KB (Knowledge Base) article  - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003496 - is "VMware KB: Checking for resource starvation of the ESX/ESXi Service Console" (article last updated on 16 May 2011). A better title could be "VMware KB: Checking for resource starvation of the ESX Service Console / ESXi Tech Support Mode" since ESXi does not have a "Service Console".
      The article also mentions running the "top" command in ESXi:
      " (...) ESX/ESXi includes the top utility to be able to check for resource utilization on the service console. (...)"
      " (...)  To check the utilization of the processes on the service console:
      1. Log in to your ESX host service console as root from either an SSH session or directly from the console of the server.  In case of ESXi login using Tech Support mode.
      2. Type top ."

      However, if you activate the "Remote Tech Support Mode (SSH)" in ESXi (at least in ESXi 4.1 Update 1) - similar to a "Service Console" - the "top" command seems to be unavailable:
      ~ # top
      -ash: top: not found

      ~ # find / -iname top
      ~ #
      On the other hand, the article could have mentioned "esxtop" that is available in "ESXi" (at least in ESXi 4.1 Update 1):
      ~ # find / -iname esxtop
      /sbin/esxtop
      I hope this information is useful. I suggest that this KB article (1003496) is updated accordingly.
      Thanks!