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Old 01-01-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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Question VMWare Workstation on Ubuntu - how much hardware required?

Perhaps this should be under hardware it is not a hardware "problem" exactly...

I am back on an old kick of running Windoze in a VM on a Linux box. Started a few years ago but did not have the time to do too much. In a nutshell I have an evaluation copy of VMware workstation which I successfully installed on Ubuntu 6.10 (don't ask about installing on Fedora 7 - my first attempt). I successfully installed Win XP Pro and Win Vista Ultimate (bloat). They each seem to run and can access the network, Internet etc.

I decided to see if I could run both at once. Memory utilization was low ~400 MB per the Ubuntu system monitor. CPU utilization ran high but not always pegged at 100%. However, the hard drive light came on and stayed on and on and I decided to shut down the XP machine. And the light stayed on and on and on... Finally got both VMs shut down after about 15 minutes.

So I am thinking that perhaps I need a 15K rpm SCSI drive or two to build a decent performing VMWare box???

The current machine is:
Dell Dimension 4600
Pentium 4 - 2.8 GHz
1.5 GB RAM
80 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA drive - 7,200 rmp

Anyone running Windoze in VMWare willing to share their hardware specs?

Thanks and Happy New Year,

Old 01-02-2008, 06:18 AM   #2
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I am running VMWare on an AMD 1700+ with an 80GB ATA100 hard disk and 1.5 GB RAM.

I have tried running it with 768 MB (Debian + Windows 2000) and that was a disaster. Whenever I switched from Debian to Windows the hard disk light would be on for minutes.

It only happened once that the hard disk light stayed on. That must have been an error or so. After resetting the machine that was gone.

After I upgraded to 1.5 GB RAM, both Debian and W2k are fast and responsive, no disk swapping at all. Total satisfaction.

If you are running XP and Vista (especially Vista), I think 1.5 GB is to few memory. The hard disk light means swapping and that is a bad thing.

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Well I think that it all depends and how you're gonna use, yeah, I know, you said 'vmware box' but that doesn't mean anything, are you gonna use VMs as web servers? software development? my point is that with your current hardware your capable to run a vmware box, however, if you are plainning to use Windows Vista in a VM, you'll need more ram.

Windows Vista needs an important amount of ram, the bare minimun is 512 MB, but with that amount of ram you're gonna be using disk cache a lot. I think that your problem was that, Windows XP isn't a problem, but Windows Vista is for a VM, if you want to use it seriously, then will better to increase the amount of ram to 2 GB at least, but of course you can leave it as it is now and have in mind that the disk is going to work a lot swapping and caching data.



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