The Citrix XenServer Monitoring Model

As stated earlier, you can use the Citrix XenServer monitoring model for monitoring the performance of XenServers hosting one/more server applications. Figure 1 depicts the Citrix XenServer monitoring model.

Figure 1 : The Citrix XenServer Monitoring Model

Each layer depicted by Figure 1 above reports a wide variety of statistics, which enable administrators to find quick and accurate answers for the following questions:

  • How many guest VMs are running on each XenServer, what is the IP address of each of guests, what operating system is each guest running, and when was the guest powered on?
  • How much memory is allocated to each guest and does each guest VM have sufficient free memory?
  • Does the XenServer have sufficient memory available to support the guest VMs that it is hosting?
  • What is the CPU utilization of the XenServer and which of the guest VMs is taking up excessive CPU?
  • Which application(s) running on each of the guest VMs is taking CPU, memory, and disk resources?
  • Is there sufficient disk space in each of the disk partitions of the guest operating system?
  • Which of the guests is seeing the highest and lowest network traffic?
  • Is there excessive queuing for disk access on any of the guest VMs?

The sections that follow will discuss each of these layers in great detail.