Get ESXtop data automatically from VMa or ESX host

20 Aug 2013 by Ryan Ververs-Bijkerk



Get ESXtop data automatically from VMa or ESX host

When benchmarking with Login VSI you often want to collect more performance data from your ESX host with ESXtop. I use a script that will start the Login VSI tests automatically and also start capturing ESXtop data. Normally after a test I need to connect to the VMa and download all the ESXtop data of the Login VSI tests and copy the ESXtop files to the correct test directory on the VSIshare. A lot of manual actions so I have automated this. In this blogpost I’m going to share how you can get the ESXtop data from your VMa or ESX host automatically. I use the tool called WINSCP to connect to the VMa where I can download the ESXtop data. More information about the WINSCP commands can be found here.

The powershell script is based on the same name for the ESXtop file and the Login VSI test.

Of course we need some information to get this working. At first we need the test name of the Login VSI test and the VSIshare where the results of the test are stored. For WINSCP we need a saved connection and the location of the WINSCP executable. Please note the password is saved in WINSCP. More information about the connection command line can be found here.

$Testname = "LoginVSI_Win7_2vCPU_Medium_Base_Test"
$VSIshare = "\\VSIserver\VSI-4"
$WinConnection = "vi-admin@vma1.VSI.lab"
$WINSCP = $VSIshare + "\_VSI_Tools\winscp425.exe"

$Temp = $env:temp + "\"
$CSVFile = $Testname + ".csv"

$Command = "/console /command ""option batch abort"" ""open $WinConnection"" ""get $CSVFile $Temp"" ""exit"" "
Start-Process -FilePath $WINSCP -ArgumentList $Command -wait

$File = $Temp + $CSVFile
Copy-Item -Path $File -Destination "$VSIShare\_VSI_Logfiles\$Item\"
Remove-Item -Path $File -Recurse

By automating this you will save time and the data is stored at one location.

If you have any questions or suggestions just leave a comment.

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Ryan Ververs-Bijkerk
Written by Ryan Ververs-Bijkerk

Ryan is currently a Technical Evangelist at RawWorks focused on the End-User Computing area. Ryan is primarily focusing on the user experience in centralized desktop environments.


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