The network metric group tracks network utilization for both physical and virtual NICs (network interface controllers) and other network devices, such as the virtual switches (vSwitch), that support connectivity among all vSphere components (virtual machines, VMkernel, host, and so on).

Network Data Counters lists the network data counters.

Network Data Counters

Counter

Label

Description

Entity

V

H

R

C

droppedRx

droppedRx

Number of receive packets dropped during the collection interval.

Stats Type: delta

Unit: number

Rollup Type: summation

Collection Level: 2

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droppedTx

droppedTx

Number of transmit packets dropped during the collection interval.

Stats Type: delta

Unit: number

Rollup Type: summation

Collection Level: 2

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packetsRx

Network Packets Received

Number of packets received during the collection interval.

VM

Number of packets received by each vNIC (virtual network interface controller) on the virtual machine.

Host

Total number of packets received on all virtual machines running on the host.

Stats Type: delta

Unit: number

Rollup Type: summation

Collection Level: 3

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packetsTx

Network Packets Transmitted

Number of packets transmitted during the collection interval.

VM

Number of packets transmitted by each vNIC on the virtual machine.

Host

Number of packets transmitted across each physical NIC instance on the host.

Stats Type: delta

Unit: number

Rollup Type: summation

Collection Level: 3

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received

Network Data Receive Rate

Average rate at which data was received during the collection interval. This represents the bandwidth of the network.

VM

Rate at which data is received across each vNIC on the virtual machine.

Host

Rate at which data is received across each physical NIC instance on the host.

Stats Type: rate

Unit: megabitsPerSecond

Rollup Type: average

Collection Level: 3

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transmitted

Network Data Transmit Rate

Average rate at which data was transmitted during the collection interval. This represents the bandwidth of the network.

VM

Rate at which data is transmitted across each vNIC on the virtual machine.

Host

Rate at which data is transmitted across each physical NIC instance on the host.

Stats Type: rate

Unit: megabitsPerSecond

Rollup Type: average

Collection Level: 3

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usage

Network Usage

Sum of the data transmitted and received during the collection interval.

VM

Sum of data transmitted and received across all virtual NIC instances connected to the virtual machine.

Host

Sum of data transmitted and received across all physical NIC instances connected to the host.

Stats Type: rate

Unit: Mbps

Rollup Type: average(min/max)

Collection Level: 1(4)

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