ESX Interactive mode (the default mode) – All statistics are displayed are in real time which is similar to windows task manager. By default screen refreshes by every 2 seconds.
Below is snapshot of esxtop with the memory stats
Below are the single key commands in esxtop to switch to different stats while running in Interactive mode.
C – CPU View (default screen when you typed esxtop)
Type “c” in the interactive mode to Switch to the CPU resource utilization screen of ESX server
m – Memory view
Type “m” in the interactive mode to Switch to the memory resource utilization screen of ESX server
d – Disk adapter view
Type “d” in the interactive mode to Switch to the storage disk adapter resource utilization screen of the ESX server
u – Disk device view
Type “u” in the interactive mode to Switch to the storage Disk device resource utilization screen of the ESX server
v – Virtual Disk View
Type “v” in the interactive mode to Switch to the virtual disk resource utilization screen of the ESX server
n – Network View
Type “n” in the interactive mode to Switch to the network utilization screen of the ESX server
y – Power Management
Type “y” in the interactive mode to switch to the power utilization screen of the ESX server
h – Help screen for esxtop
Type “h” to display the help for esxtop commands
q – quit the esxtop
Type “q” to quit from the esxtop interactive mode
f – add or remove the fields in the respective view. For example, In the memory stats view, you can add or remove some fields by pressing ‘f” and If you want MEM SIZE to display press “G” to add that field to display in stats and press Enter to back to view the added filed in the interactive mode.
o – to order the fields in the respective view. use a-o to change order.Uppercase moves a filed left, lowercase moves a filed right.
s – to set the refresh delay to refresh the screen. Default is 5 seconds. Press Space bar to refresh immediately.
W – to save as the customized fields. Add or remove the fields as per your wish and if you want the customized fields to load everytime just save as with the default name (Default to : /root/.esxtop4rc) or save as with name as per your wish.
To load the esxtop with your customized fields
1. Type ESXTOP command
2. Add or remove the fields which you want, for example I just pressed “m” to show the memory details
3. Press “W” to save the file
4. When it prompted to save a config file to , type the location other than the default one, for example typed “/home/mohammedk/mystats“
5. Quit the current esxtop screen
6. To load ESXTOP with your saved custom configuration, type “esxtop –c <your configuration file name>”, In our case “esxtop – c /home/mohammedk/mystats“
Please refer my other posts on Esxtop
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I am Rahul Sharma, I am currently working as Subject Matter Expert for SDDC and Cloud Infrastructure Services, Mainly on VMware Virtualization Platform.
I have 9 Year’s of IT experience and have expertise in Designing and Deploying of VMware vSphere, vSAN, vCloud Director, vRealize Automation, SRM, NSX and modern data center technologies like vBlock, Cisco UCS, DELL, HPE C7000, HPE Synergy HCI etc.
I am vExpert, VCIX6-DCV, Dual VCP – DCV & NV, MSCE – Cloud, CCNA, ITIL v3 Certified.