When PlateSpin Recon inventories Virtual Machines with one or more CPUs allocated to them, the cores and CPUs are displayed as follows:
Cores: Regardless of the VM guest machine configuration, PlateSpin Recon shows the actual number of cores from the hardware host. This may contradict with third-party tools, such as CPUID.
CPUs: On ESX hosts, there are three possible virtual CPU configurations (1,2 and 4) for VMs. The PlateSpin Recon inventory of the CPUs depends on the VM configuration and the cores on the host machine. ESX allocates as many cores as needed to accommodate the user requirement. PlateSpin Recon reports the minimum number of CPUs required to provide the indicated number of virtual CPUs.
The following table shows some example configurations and what PlateSpin Recon reports for each.