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vCenter Server 5.1/5.5/6.0 performance charts report dropped network packets (2052917)

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  • The Network Performance Charts in vCenter Server 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0 show dropped packets under the Receive Packets Dropped counter.
  • The Network Performance Charts in vCenter Server 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0 show dropped packets under the Transmit Packets Dropped counter.
  • This issue can occur when the virtual machine or the host is experiencing a high CPU load and cannot work-down the IP packets in each buffer.


This issue occurs when packets filtered by the I/O chain are incorrectly recorded as dropped packets. This is a reporting issue, the packets are not dropped, therefore they cannot be seen using esxtop or other network monitoring tools.


This issue is resolved in:

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Update History

01/02/2014 - Added issue resolved in a patch release for ESXi 5.5. 10/13/2015 - Added ESXi/vCenter 6.0 to Products.

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