How do I view CPU information at the Service Console

One reason to view CPU information at the Service Console is that you need to work out what the stepping and family values are prior to VMotion.

One reason to view CPU information at the Service Console is that you need to work out what the stepping and family

values are prior to VMotion.

As you may know, for VMotion to be successful the stepping and family values must match between the source and destination ESX during the VMotion event.

To check these values open a Service Console session and use the /proc file system like so:

 

cat /proc/cpuinfo

This should output something like this:

processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family       : 6
model             : 11
model name    : Intel(R) Pentium(R) III CPU family      1400MHz
stepping         : 1
cpu MHz         : 1396.496
cache size       : 512 KB
fdiv_bug         : no
hlt_bug          : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug       : no
fpu                 : yes
fpu_exception  : yes
cpuid level        : 2
wp                  : yes
flags                : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse
bogomips        : 2791.83

This shows the single CPU pinned to the Service Console. If you want to view the same data as the VMkernel use:

cat /proc/vmware/cpuinfo

pcpu            00            01

family            06            06
model            11            11
type            00            00
stepping            01            01
cpuKhz       1396435       1396435
busKhz        132993        132993
name  GenuineIntel  GenuineIntel
ebx    0×00000004    0×00000004
baseFeat    0x0383fbff    0x0383fbff
extFeat    0×00000000    0×00000000
initApic    0×00000000    0×00000000
apicID    0×00000001    0×00000000

This was first published in February 2006

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