VMware provides several tools to help you monitor your virtual environment and to locate the source of potential issues and current problems.

Performance charts in the vSphere Web Client and the vSphere Client

Allow you to see performance data on a variety of system resources including CPU, Memory, Storage, and so on.

Performance monitoring command-line utilities

Allow you to access detailed information on system performance through the command line.

Host health

Allows you to quickly identify which hosts are healthy and which are experiencing problems.

Storage maps and charts

Provide an in-depth look at your storage resources.

Events, alerts, and alarms in the vSphere Web Client and the vSphere Client

Allow you configure alerts and alarms and to specify the actions the system should take when they are triggered.

The content in this section is intended for vSphere administrators who are perform the following tasks:

Monitor the health and performance of physical hardware backings for the virtual environment.

Monitor the health and performance of virtual devices in the virtual environment.

Troubleshoot problems in the system.

Configure alarms.

Configure SNMP messages.

Virtual machine administrators also might find the section on Monitoring Guest Operating System Performance helpful.