Working with ESXTOP can be very tricky. The tool provides a large number of values but the names are partially shorten not very meaningful. Another challenge is to know the thresholds indicating a problem.
To make life easier, I’ve created the “vSphere ESXTOP quick overview for troubleshooting” poster 2013 for vSphere 5 and updated it for vSphere 5.5.
With vSphere 6 some new metrics were introduced, respectively there were some changes (eg. ESXi host memory states) – you can find them all in the latest version:
The poster is provided as an A3 download, if you have eagle-eyes you can fit it to A4 when you print it. If you think that there is something missing or wrong, do not hesitate and let me know.
Some other links about ESXTOP you may be of interest to you: