Virtual PC and Virtual Server performance issues

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I used to use Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 on my work PC (e.g. running my work environment inside a VM so that I can easily resurrect it after a rebuild) but I found that performance was abysmal after I resumed from hibernation. Well, it seems it wasn’t just me having issues and Thomas Lee reports that Microsoft knowledge base article 889677 describes a hotfix for the issue. Nowadays I’m using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 on a Windows Server 2003 SP1 machine and having performance issues when I run more than one VM (each guest is slow to respond to keyboard/mouse actions). In fairness, the host is a notebook PC, and it is running Windows SharePoint Services too, but there are no performance issues on the host – just the guests. It would seem logical to suspect a slow laptop hard disk as the cause, but there are no obvious signs of large amounts of disk activity. John Howard blogged about performance when running Windows Server 2003 SP1 as a guest, but I can’t find anything about poor host performance. I guess I’ll have to wait for Virtual Server 2005 service pack 1.

2 thoughts on “Virtual PC and Virtual Server performance issues

  1. Don’t feel bad. From my experience Microsoft Virtual Server is a snail. I have 3 production servers running on a dual processor 3.6 Xeon server, and it is the worst. We just bought VMWare GSX Server, and I migrated from Microsoft virtual server to GSX server using VMWare P2V, and it is running 10x fast in VMWare on my desktop, then it did in MVS on a server. I still can’t find where the bottle neck is. unfortnatly, 1 hyperthreaded processor shows as two logical processors. So with 2 processors, I can only get 1/2 of 1 processor for each virtual machine max.

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