Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Quick Search: in
[Solved] VMWare Workstation 7.14 Tips (Win7 Guest)
View unanswered posts
View posts from last 24 hours

 
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Unsupported Software
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
jasn
Guru
Guru


Joined: 05 May 2005
Posts: 439
Location: Maryland, US

PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:53 pm    Post subject: [Solved] VMWare Workstation 7.14 Tips (Win7 Guest) Reply with quote

I just installed a new Gentoo Linux,(2.6.39-gentoo-r1) x86_64, system with KDE 4.6.4, and the latest VMWare Workstation 7.14 using the vmware overlay. It's configured as a Gentoo Host, with a Windows 7 x64 Pro guest VM. Everything installed without issue, once I added the vmware overlay due to the BKL problem with 2.6.39 kernels, and the configuration of it was pretty straightforward. Neat to see shared folders working with this config too.

I was just curious if there are any general tips for this setup, improving performance, etc. I didn't do any special kernel settings, so if I should please feel free to let me know. Also I increased memory for the Win7 guest, from 1G to 2G, but it didn't feel any different, performance wise. Lastly, apologies if this information exists somewhere. Feel free to simply point me to the URL, if so.

Thanks..


Last edited by jasn on Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:46 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
spielc
Guru
Guru


Joined: 20 Apr 2004
Posts: 452

PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: VMWare Workstation 7.14 Tips? (Gentoo Host, Win7 Guest) Reply with quote

jasn wrote:


I was just curious if there are any general tips for this setup, improving performance, etc. I didn't do any special kernel settings, so if I should please feel free to let me know. Also I increased memory for the Win7 guest, from 1G to 2G, but it didn't feel any different, performance wise. Lastly, apologies if this information exists somewhere. Feel free to simply point me to the URL, if so.

Thanks..


Well there aren't many tricks you can do in your case as you are using vmware and the kernel just has "special" treats for open-source-hypervisors (kvm and lately xen). When it comes to virtualization my general tip would be: More counts. And with more i mean more cores, more memory...

The only real advice i would have is to install the vmware tools in your guest os. This enables stuff like the memory balloon driver...
_________________
Raise your beers up high...
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
jasn
Guru
Guru


Joined: 05 May 2005
Posts: 439
Location: Maryland, US

PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.

You answered the biggest question I had about tweaking this setup, with the information that the kernel switches aren't for VMWare, but for KVM and Xen. Also I'm not looking to do anything performance heavy with my VM, and it runs fine now. I just didn't know if there was any obvious tweak I should do. BTW, I always install the guest tools, but it took me a little to figure out that they were keyworded. After re-emerging vmware-tools with the right keywords, the ISO for the Windows guest tools were correctly installed in my system, and then I could install the Windows guest tools in my VM and it definitely makes a difference..

Thanks again..
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
jasn
Guru
Guru


Joined: 05 May 2005
Posts: 439
Location: Maryland, US

PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just in case anyone searching finds this thread. In terms of tuning a VMWare Workstation VM, running on a Gentoo Host platform, as spielc pointed out, there's not much in the way of kernel options that can be set in order to support VMWare VMs.

However, over at the VMWare Communities, I found a couple of posts in the VMWare Workstation sub-board, which suggested that it's actually optimal to configure your VMWare VM with smaller numbers of CPU/Cores and smaller RAM. The reasoning is that since these resources have to be shared with the Host OS, if you you configure the CPU and RAM resources high for your VM, it will need to wait until the CPU and RAM resources are available, in order to use them.

So the tuning advice seems to be assign as little RAM and Virtual CPUs as possible. I tried it on my system, and in fact it did seem to improve the response time of the Windows Guest VM. The posts from the VMWare Communities threads referenced are here and here.

Good Luck..
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Unsupported Software All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum