When you’re using Hyper-V as a virtualization platform this Hyper-V environment will be a very critical component for your IT infrastructure. I don’t need to tell anyone that you need to watch these critical components very closely. In this multipart blog I will show you how you can watch your Hyper-V environment using several different products. In this part we will take a look at HyperV_Mon and the PAL tool.
Let’s start with a basic tool. HyperV_Mon is a freeware tool for viewing CPU performance of a Hyper-V server, it’s not a regular monitoring tool. The tool can help you to understand true CPU usage of a virtual machine. This tool can be downloaded from here. Just unpack the ZIP file and double click HyperV_Mon.exe (you don’t need to install any software). This tool only requires that you have the .NET 3.5 Framework installed on the machine where you run the tool. You also need WMI access to the Root Partition of the host which you want to monitor. You can run to tool from a remote machine so it’s not necessary to run the tool on the Hyper-V host itself. This makes it possible to monitor a Hyper-V core edition host.
The tool is very easy to configure: