Installing and Running VSD

Start the VSD tool, load statistics files, and maintain the view you want on your statistics.

Install and Start VSD

VSD is a free analysis tool and is provided as-is.

To obtain and install VSD, perform the following steps:
  1. Visit to the vFabric GemFire product download page at
  2. On the vFabric GemFire product download page, click on the Drivers & Tools tab.
  3. Select VMware vFabric GemFire Visual Statistics Display and click View Download.
  4. Download the appropriate .zip file for your platform.
  5. To install the tool, unzip the files to the desired location on your machine.
To start VSD, enter this command:
where gemFireProductDir corresponds to the location where you unzipped the VSD distribution.

Load a Statistics File into VSD

You have several options for loading a statistics file into VSD:
  • Include the name of one or more statistics files on the VSD command line. Example:
    vsd <filename.gfs> ...
  • Browse for an existing statistics file through Main > Load Data File.
  • Type the full path in the File entry box, then press Enter.
  • Switch to a statistics file that you’ve already loaded by clicking the down-arrow next to the File entry.

After you load the data file, the VSD main window displays a list of entities for which statistics are available. VSD uses color to distinguish between entities that are still running (shown in green) and those that have stopped (shown in black).

Maintain a Current View of the Data File

If you select the menu item File > Auto Update, VSD automatically updates your display, and any associated charts, whenever the data file changes. Alternatively, you can choose File > Update periodically to update the display manually.

About Statistics

Some statistics are cumulative from when the GemFire system was started. Other statistics are instantaneous values that may change in any way between sample collection.

Cumulative statistics are best charted per second or per sample, so that the VSD chart is readable. Absolute values are best charted as No Filter.