A user reports that a virtual machine is running slow. She is not sure how long the problem has existed, but needs to process data overnight and wants to know if she can start the task before she leaves for the day.

As the system administrator, you realize that the problem might not be with the virtual machine itself. Rather than investigate the state of only the virtual machine, you begin by reviewing the dashboard that shows the state of all storage network objects associated with the virtual machine.


As the system administrator for the data center, you must locate the user's virtual machine in the network storage topology so that you can determine if the problem is with the host system or somewhere else in the storage network.


To determine if the virtual machine performance problem is temporary or indicates a more serious problem in the storage network, you create metric charts to identify the root cause of the problem.