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Old 12-16-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
wanas
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Question Do VMware server 2 faster than VMware workstation 6.5?


I am using VMware workstation from a long ago, I use it day to day but VMware workstation is so slow when I open 2 VMs at a time here the details of the VMs and the Host computer:
VM1 = winxp sp2: ram 128
vm2 = winxp sp2: ram 128 (when I give the vms more ram the VMware workstation hangs and dont respond)
Host = ubuntu 8.10: Intel core2due 3.00 GHZ, ram 1G

I only use the VMs for:
1- Bridged connection.
2- Use the share programs like bearshare.
3- Use the drag and drop from the host to the guest and vise versa.
4- Use msn live sometimes.

And nothing els I think, but the VMs works slow for me when I open the (VM1 and VM2) at a time.

Here is the questions:
1- Do VM server do the same jobs that VM workstaion do?
2- Do VM server more faster?
3- Do the problem of the slow of the VMs is the RAM?
 
Old 12-17-2008, 08:51 AM   #2
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Hi,

I'm no vmware expert but I think they pretty much do the same thing. I think you might have some snapshot options in WS you wont find on server but the general use is the same... plus it's free.

128 MB seems a bit thin for a windows OS, as for the slowing down, depending on your use of the Windows vms, it might be an i/o problem. Both vm OSs and the host are using the same disk.

I can't imagine performance will increase by changing from WS to server but I might be mistaken. I guess it depends on the version you use.
-eco
 
Old 12-17-2008, 09:03 AM   #3
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i/o problem, What is that?
 
Old 12-17-2008, 09:11 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wanas View Post
i/o problem, What is that?
Sorry, input/output.

If you have 3 OSs accessing the disk at the same time, the disk is going to have a hard time serving the info in a timely manner.

The disk performance might be the bottle neck causing performance problems. You could improve by putting each VM on a separate disk.

This article might help explain it a bit better:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=502

-eco
 
Old 12-17-2008, 09:21 AM   #5
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I am really thankful for your fast replay
 
Old 12-17-2008, 09:29 AM   #6
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Indeed, it is recommended that each vm be placed on its own drive (preferably right at the start for optimal performance).
Also, there are a lot of things that can be tuned. I remember that my first experience with vmware was disappointing, it was just too slow. And then I discovered that I could tweak the memory settings and that vmware-tools does much to improve performance as well.
 
  


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