7 Replies Latest reply on Dec 8, 2015 7:21 AM by Steven Hunt

    VM vmotion travel map

    BakerD

      Is there any way to build a report/graph etc that will show a VM and what ESX hosts it have traveled across during a certain time?

       

      We have a cluster and VMs are automatically moved around to balance load and performance.  I would like to see a time travel report so to speak of a VM and what all hosts it was on when?  I know I can drill down to a VM and click on Map and then go back and forth day by day, but that doesn't show me a big picture of say a month or more.  Even then scrolling day by day takes a long time.

       

      Thanks

        • Re: VM vmotion travel map
          Milan_Volejnik

          Hello, AFAIK there's no way (except time travel) to get those historical movements.

            • Re: VM vmotion travel map
              BakerD

              How do I go about viewing Time Travel?

               

              Thanks

                • Re: VM vmotion travel map
                  Milan_Volejnik

                  There are two options:
                  1) Compare (DNA) module - you can compare values of one or two VMs (or Hosts) in time:

                    - choose a VM, press Compare button

                    - you can see how the VM travelled in time by selection of start and end date & time

                   

                  2) Map module - list of all VMs, Hosts, .. and their mutual bindings

                  a) go to Explore - Map module, choose a VM and move it to Context window (see picture below), or

                  b) perform a search query, choose a VM and press Map button

                  => after that the Time Travel is enabled and you can see if (or when) the VM was migrated

                   

                  Did it help?

                    • Re: VM vmotion travel map
                      BakerD

                      Sorry took so long to answer but nope help on either of those.  On your 1st option it just compares two dates.  On the 2nd option I have to still click to advance the date/day forward or backward to see what host it was on.

                       

                      I guess I'm looking more for a graph or report that shows in one window/screen that all hosts and dates a VM moved around to.

                       

                      If I knew exactly what date I was looking for, then yes any of the above would work to find out what host it was on.  But say I get complaints of a server that is slow once in awhile or during specific times.  I want to see if there might be a pattern that each time it is reported slow it is on a certain host without having to go look at each date/time.

                       

                      Or maybe just see in an overall picture how much a VM moves around to show how much a vcenter cluster is trying to balance VMs.