I have a number of Virtual Machines that were created from physical servers. Some of these have (in my opinion) an inappropriate number of processors - for example, we have a web application, accessed internally only, running on a VM with 4 processors allocated. This is the highest specced of our VMs, but there are others I suspect are overspecced.
As I understand it, this can result in performance degradation, as the hypervisor waits until 4 processors are free on the host machine when allocating processor time to this VM. It also causes problems when trying to migrate the VM between hosts. Are these fair assumptions?
Looking at the server itself, I don't see any reason why it needs 4 processors. It just happens that the physical server it had been installed on had that number of processors.
So the question is - what risks are there in reducing the number of processors on this VM?
We are running VMware ESX 3.5 on servers with 8 cores and 20Gb. The VM in the example above has 4 processors allocated and 3Gb RAM. The server OS on the VM is Windows Server 2003 Standard SP2 (not R2).