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Performance applications that use Hardware Performance Monitoring Counters do not display information correctly (2015931)

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This issue occurs because the Hardware Performance Monitoring Counters (HW PMCs) are not interpreted in VMware virtualization products. This can cause any application that calls on the HW PMCs to display incorrect data or fail to display the counter metrics at all.


The virtualized HW PMC features are not currently available in ESXi/ESX, VMware Workstation, and VMware Fusion.
To work around this issue, use a performance monitoring utility that does not require the use of Hardware Performance Monitoring Counters. Read the technical documentation with your performance monitoring applications to determine if HW PMCs are required.


HW PMCs may provide a layer of performance data not visible by conventional performance monitoring utilities. However, there is a risk of inaccurate data reporting being provided by utilities using HW PMCs where they are not supported. Therefore, avoid using any application that uses HW PMCs until this feature is enabled and supported on your chosen VMware virtualization product.

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