The resxtop utility is a vSphere CLI command.

Before you can use any vSphere CLI commands, you must either download and install a vSphere CLI package or deploy the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) to your ESX/ESXi host or vCenter  Server system.

After it is set up, start resxtop from the command line. For remote connections, you can connect to an ESX/ESXi host either directly or through vCenter Server.

The command-line options listed in resxtop Command-Line Options are the same as for esxtop (except for the R option) with additional connection options.

Note

resxtop does not use all the options shared by other vSphere  CLI commands.

resxtop Command-Line Options

Option

Description

[server]

Name of the remote host to connect to (required). If connecting directly to the ESX/ESXi host, use the name of that host. If your connection to the ESX/ESXi host is indirect (that is, through vCenter Server), use the name of the vCenter Server system for this option.

[vihost]

If you connect indirectly (through vCenter Server), this option should contain the name of the ESX/ESXi host you connect to. If you connect directly to the ESX/ESXi host, this option is not used. Note that the host name needs to be the same as what appears in the vSphere Client.

[portnumber]

Port number to connect to on the remote server. The default port is 443, and unless this is changed on the server, this option is not needed.

[username]

User name to be authenticated when connecting to the remote host. The remote server prompts you for a password.

You can also use resxtop on a local ESX/ESXi host by omitting the server option on the command line. The command defaults to localhost.