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Configure resource containers for capacity planning calculations

A resource container contains the resources available in one or more hosts, or in all the hosts in one or more clusters.

A resource container considers these primary resources:

  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Disk space

Click Capacity Planning > Capacity Planner to access the resource container.

  • Click Load to load a resource container you previously saved.
  • Click Edit to modify the current resource container.
  • Click Pick Cluster to define a resource container more generally, by specifying all hosts in a cluster.
  • Click All Clusters to define a resource container more generally, by specifying all hosts in all clusters.

Specify the members of a resource container

  1. Click Edit on a resource container.
  2. Specify the members:
    • Create a static list of resources in the container.
    • Define a search query for either hosts or clusters to create a dynamic set of resources.

      The query is executed real time for all capacity planning operations. The calculations only happen after the query is executed.

  3. Optionally, click Show Profile to edit the corresponding usage profile.
  4. Save the resource container.

If you use a cluster, all hosts in that cluster are considered as resources.

To get different views of the capacity plan, click the links:

  • Click Capacity to open the utilization graphs that display the actual consumed capacity within the resource container.
  • Click Consumption to view the dates when the resource will cross the configured warning and outage thresholds. For information about configuring thresholds, see Customize capacity planning calculations.
  • Click Details to view all the calculations that went into the capacity plan. For more information, see Display the calculations and variables of a capacity plan.
  • Click Scatterplot to view the scatterplot graphs of IOPS.
  • Click Summary to return to the Capacity Planning summary view, which contains an overview of the resource container, the usage profile, and the capacity planning results. If the calculation results are not displayed, click Calculate in the summary view.

The total and average percentage values displayed in the resource container are the same by design. The VmAverage value can be lower if the load on the host or cluster includes non VM-related load.