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Working with resxtop

In addition to alarms and performance graphs, VMware also provides resxtop to help with monitoring performance and resource usage. In early ESX versions a number of tools were available on the service console command line. Later VMware released ESXi and limited the number of commands available directly on the host but developed a special virtual appliance that provides a command-line interface for managing ESX and ESXi hosts called the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA). You can use the vMA to run commands against the ESXi host as if they were run on the console. In ESXi 3.x and ESXi 4.0, getting access to the console was unsupported. With ESXi 4.1 VMware made the console supported, but it is locked and not accessible by default. More commands are available on the console than previous ESXi versions; however, VMware still advises using the vMA for running commands against ESXi hosts.


  

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