is there anyway to limit the output from esxtop in batch mode? I tried running it in batch mode and got 16,000 columns! I could filter this out post collection but at that kind of data volumn it seems like I'd be wasting resources. The interactive output from esxtop is fairly customizable. Here is a pretty good discussion of esxtop http://www.yellow-bricks.com/esxtop/ If the batch mode is not, then I will probably see about parsing the interactive output progamatically. Another option would be using the SKD from VMware but I haven't found any practical examples. I'm doing the collection from opensolaris. There is a perl SDK for LINUX and Windows but I'd rather do everything from opensolaris if possible.
just found this
It doesn't have all the control I'd want, but it's a definite step in the right direction: