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Category Archives: Virtual Center 2.5

VLAN Tagging with ESX and HP Blade Virtual Connect Modules

 

Useful reference articles here, here and clarification from Scott here.

Looking like I’ll be doing a lot with the HP C-Class Blade chassis this year, so this is useful.

Performance on a cheap ESX PC

 

I thought I’d post some performance graphs from my cheap HP D530 ESX server using the Virtual Centre console (which incidentally, is good for getting this info quickly and simply).

Screenshot of the UI for querying performance stats.

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View of currently running VMs – a mix of Windows 2003/2008 VMs

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Current Overall ESX Host statistics (with a clone from template going on)

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As I noted elsewhere on my blog it has 4Gb RAM and a single 2.8GHz HT CPU – and with this VM load it gives an average CPU load of 25-30%. Almost all of these VM’s are idling but all respond in good time to network access/TS etc- not bad at all for a desktop PC!

CPU usage for the last 24 hours

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The big spike around 22:00 was when I cloned up a whole load more VM’s – seems to have upset the stats so need to try and have a look at that..

It’s also interesting to note that I added 4 Windows 2003 VM’s last night but that hasn’t actually increased the overall CPU average – ESX must be quite efficient at time-slicing all those idle VMs.

I had 3-4 “deploy from template..” operations going on at the same time and it really bogged down the performance of the VM’s (usable, but only just..) but it is just a single SATA disk drive so I can live with that.

Deploying 1 VM at a time had little or no impact – slight CPU spike to ~50% as you’ll see to the far right of the chart as I kicked off another one just now.

When i get time I’m going to drop some jobs into the VM’s that will tax the virtual CPUs a bit more and compare results – maybe some Folding@Home activity Mmmmm that would definitley tax it.