TomHowarth
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Anybody know any good (and easy to use) performance testing tools for ESX that spurt out a nice formatable PDF at the end,

I am considering using LoadRunner to preform the scripted load tests but am struggling on the ESX monitoring part, I cant use vmkusage (beta) because

a: it is a beta and

b: it is not a "proper" product (my current clients comment not mine)

so I am at a bit of a loss here.

I know about VMmark and am looking into that at the moment.

Tom Howarth

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Ken_Cline
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Well, for monitoring, you could use vCharter Pro from Vizioncore. I've got it installed at a couple customer sites and so far, so good. Here's an interesting review.

For the loading piece...don't have any good words for you there!

Ken Cline

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PerformanceGrou
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Tom,

To monitor ESX statistics, you could run esxtop in batch mode to collect the ESX statistics and then write a script to post processes the results. Esxtop is also compatible with perfmon so you can use perfmon to create graphs of the results. For more information on esxtop see Appendix A of the resource management guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_resource_mgmt.pdf

If you wanted to customize scripts to monitor ESX statistics, you can also pull resource utilization data via the SDK: http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vc-sdk/

VMmark may not be what you're looking for. It's a server consolidation benchmark that runs a prescribed set of multiple VMs simultaneously. VMmark comes with a test harness that runs the benchmarks and it generates a report with a score, but it doesn't provide any additional tools for pulling ESX resource utilization stats. For some sample VMmark reports, click on the Results tab on the VMmark page at: http://www.vmware.com/products/vmmark/

I hope this helps!

TomHowarth
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blantant bump

and moved to the more appropiate Performance forum

Tom Howarth

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Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
VMware Communities User Moderator
Blog: http://www.planetvm.net
Contributing author on VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment
Contributing author on VCP VMware Certified Professional on VSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
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drummonds
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Besides third-party tools, you're best off with esxtop, as previously mentioned. More details on esxtop- and VC-based performance analysis are available on the page .

Scott

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Another shameless Bump :smileygrin:

Tom Howarth

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Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
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Blog: http://www.planetvm.net
Contributing author on VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment
Contributing author on VCP VMware Certified Professional on VSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
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Ken_Cline
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Well, for monitoring, you could use vCharter Pro from Vizioncore. I've got it installed at a couple customer sites and so far, so good. Here's an interesting review.

For the loading piece...don't have any good words for you there!

Ken Cline

Technical Director, Virtualization

Wells Landers

VMware Communities User Moderator

Ken Cline VMware vExpert 2009 VMware Communities User Moderator Blogging at: http://KensVirtualReality.wordpress.com/

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