Cool Tools – visual esxtop


VMware labs released new tool, graphical ESXTOP – awesome tool for people which don’t like to use command line tools. Tools runs on both Windows and Linux operating systems


  1. Live connection to ESX host or vCenter Server
  2. Flexible way of batch output
  3. Load batch output and replay them
  4. Multiple windows to display different data at the same time

[box type=”info”] Looking for more info – visit VMware Lab page.[/box]


  • Download package
  • make sure that Java is in the PATH

[box type=”info”] How to set up Java Path on Ubuntu Linux[/box]

  • (linux) or visualEsxtop.bat
  • specify ESX(i) host or vCenter server and host, is possible to connect to ESX(i) through vCenter server
visual esxtop

connection window

  • When tool gets connected to esx server there are tabs CPU, MEMORY, NETWORK, Chart  etc
  • From right click menu is possible to specify metrics which you want to be displayed
visual esxtop main screen

visual esxtop main screen

  • Nice feature is in first tab – chart,
visual esxtop chart tab

visual esxtop chart tab

  • Problem is when you have to make graphs for particular virtual machine, there a only virtual worlds IS listed, so 🙂 use classic ESXTOP to identify virtual machine
visual esxtop and classic esxtop

visual esxtop and classic esxtop

Back site, tool generates quite big amount of log files so make sure you have enough space to run tool

[email protected]:~/Downloads/visualEsxtop# ll
total 54456
drwxrwxr-x 3 artur artur    4096 Jul  2 00:41 ./
drwxr-xr-x 3 artur artur    4096 Jul  1 23:50 ../
drwxrwxr-x 2 artur artur    4096 May 28 02:56 lib/
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur    1946 May 28 06:14 README
-rwxrwxr-x 1 artur artur     262 May 28 02:56 visualEsxtop.bat*
-rwxrwxr-x 1 artur artur     374 May 28 02:56 visualEsxtop-export-counter.bat*
-rwxrwxr-x 1 artur artur     376 May 28 02:56*
-rwxrwxr-x 1 artur artur     370 May 28 02:56 visualEsxtop-filter-stats.bat*
-rwxrwxr-x 1 artur artur     372 May 28 02:56*
-rwxrwxr-x 1 artur artur     274 May 28 02:56*
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 3253331 Jul  2 00:42 vtop.log
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242910 Jul  2 00:41 vtop.log.1
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242954 Jul  2 00:27 vtop.log.10
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242916 Jul  2 00:40 vtop.log.2
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242910 Jul  2 00:38 vtop.log.3
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242998 Jul  2 00:37 vtop.log.4
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242959 Jul  2 00:35 vtop.log.5
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242909 Jul  2 00:33 vtop.log.6
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242924 Jul  2 00:32 vtop.log.7
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242880 Jul  2 00:30 vtop.log.8
-rw-rw-r-- 1 artur artur 5242886 Jul  2 00:28 vtop.log.9
[email protected]:~/Downloads/visualEsxtop#
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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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