The Performance Overview charts plugin was introduced in vCenter 2.5 U4. It can be used to a better overview of the resource usage in a cluster, an ESX/ESXi Server and in a Virtual Machine. This however has to be installed manually, seperate from the actual upgrade or installation.

1. Download and install vCenter Server2.5 U4
Keep the iso / zip file on the vCenter server to install the performance charts.

2. Download and Install Java SE Development Kit 6U11

3. Modify PATH environment variable
Right click "My Computer" and select "Properties".
Click the "Advanced" tab and click "Environment Variables".
In the System variable list, select "Path" and click Edit.
Append ;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_11\bin\
Note: add a semicolon before the above line.

4. Add/Modify JAVA_HOME environment variable
Click "New" and set the variable name to "JAVA_HOME"
And the value to "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_11"

5. Logoff and Logon to the vCenter Server to ensure variables are correct
echo %PATH%
echo %JAVA_HOME%

6. Install the Performance Charts
Open a command prompt
Go to the location of the installation media and go to the "vpx/peftCharts" folder
cd C:\VMware-VIMSetup-2.5.0-U4-English\vpx\perfCharts
installer.bat administrator Password1

7. Check the Performance Overview charts are now working

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