We have 4 HP blades (bl685c) running ESX 3.5 (Also running VC 2.5).
At the moment we are running way below capacity in terms of ESX host CPU and Memory usuage.
We have a few VMs (latest vmware tools installed) where the ballon memory driver is activated. This is shown in the VM performance graphs and appears to be a mirror image of "Memory Granted (average)"
Checking the the ESX host shows we are only using 50% of Memory and less than 20%CPU, so how come the ballon driver is activating.
My understanding is that this only comes into play when there is memory (RAM) contention on the host, and we have not got any...
It only happens on a few VMs at a time and not always on the same VMs
can anyone explain, thanks guys.
I've checked all the VMs running on the same host as one VM which is ballooning and the reservations add up to 21GB (the Servers have 32GB of RAM), the summary tab for the host (as viewed in VC) shows 15GB is being used.
Matt - can you explain further on the allocations exceeding the reservations - ? I'm sure I'm being thick today.
We saw the same thing... It was the memory for some of our VM's with 1 GB mem, that were limited to a fixed amout ex 512 mb..
So if the VM want to use more than this it is forced to use Balooning.. Just set the memory ressourse to Unlimited and it should be just ok.
I have been trying to fully understand the Balloon Driver and this has been a good post. However it is my understanding that the Balloon Driver takes Memory away from a machine that is not using it in times of need.
Therefore in this situation, since the limit is 512 MB of RAM the Balloon driver kicks in to take back the other 512 MB of RAM that was originally allocated but won't be used becasuse of the Limit.
can someone correct me if I am wrong?