Subscribe to RSS feed  Follow @jackvamvas - Twitter

*Use the Comments section for questions Links


SQL Server DBA Jobs

VM Memory balloon performance counters

22 December,2015 by Tom Collins

In acceptance tests for migrating database servers from Physical Servers to Virtual Servers, one of the grey areas is the ESX host and the memory balloon.

Read more on Virtualization – and database servers -

A typical list of performance counters I use is found below. For now , I’d like to focus on the Memory Balloon

CPU Usage in MHz

CPU Usage %

Disk Command Latency

Disk Write Latency

Disk Read Latency

Disk Commands Issued

Memory Consumed

Memory Balloon

Memory Swapped

Memory Swapped In

Memory Swapped Out

To access these performance counters , use Perfmon. Open perfmon and go to the VM Memory category. Within the VM Memory category section you’ll see the performance counters.


Read More on Memory Performance Analysis

SQL Server – Measuring SQL memory usage - SQL Server DBA

SQL Server – Memory leak detection - SQL Server DBA


Author: Tom Collins (


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment on VM Memory balloon performance counters | SQL Server Performance Tuning | SQL Server DBA:Everything | FAQ | Contact|Copyright & Disclaimer