Is steal time accounting supported on VMware guests?

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • The steal time is reported as 0 in the /proc/stat file or top command output
  • mpstat always reports 0.00 for %steal on an overcommitted VMware hypervisor, eg:
HH:MM:SS AM  CPU    %usr   %nice    %sys %iowait    %irq   %soft  %steal  %guest   %idle
HH:MM:SS AM    0    2.62    0.84    2.49    0.03    0.00    0.07    0.00    0.00   93.94


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (all versions)
  • VMware Virtual Machine on ESXi Hypervisor

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