I have installed Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 on a VM in VMWare Workstation. I RDP to this VM/sever via Vista (my host OS) but the performance of the server is a little choppy. It is usable but could be better.
My specs: 4GB RAM, Quad Core Pentium 2.4ghz
VM settings: 2880mb ram dedicated (max recommended is 2992mb),
I have noticed that the disk queue length is peaking quite a bit.hard disk is preallocate.
I have set hardware acceleration to full in Windows Server and turned off the firewall (These two things really improved performance but I will need the firewall).
The VM only has SQL Server Installation Center on it (due to a failed install, another story). How can I improve the performance of Windows (I know how to improve the VM's performance which is another story)?
Especially when I run an installer, the whole OS locks up. My host OS does not do this.