-   Linux - Software (
-   -   Do VMware server 2 faster than VMware workstation 6.5? (

wanas 12-16-2008 03:41 PM

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?

eco 12-17-2008 07:51 AM


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.

wanas 12-17-2008 08:03 AM

i/o problem, What is that?

eco 12-17-2008 08:11 AM


Originally Posted by wanas (Post 3378557)
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:


wanas 12-17-2008 08:21 AM

I am really thankful for your fast replay :)

jay73 12-17-2008 08:29 AM

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.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53 AM.