?
Solved

VMWare - How big should XP pagefile be?

Posted on 2009-04-06
5
Medium Priority
?
1,063 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am running VMWare Fusion with an XP guest that was cloned from my XP box. The pagefile size was 5GB. What are the considerations for deciding what to size the pagefile in the VM?

Also, the previous configuration had two partitions, with 200MB on the C partition and 4828MB on the F partition. The VM still has the two partitions. But the theory for the allocation described I would think no longer applies. Any comments on this aspect?
0
Comment
Question by:jasimon9
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 70

Assisted Solution

by:garycase
garycase earned 1200 total points
ID: 24082158
I'd simply set the pagefile as automatic => although if you prefer to specify it, use the same guidelines as with any other system -- based on the amount of memory you've assigned to the virtual machine.

It won't hurt to keep the two partitions -- the virtualized hard drive will work just fine with that allocation.   Whether or not it still makes sense depends on what your original rational was => if it was to segregate OS and data, it's still valid;  if it was a performance-based reason (to keep a small OS partition on the outermost drive cylinders), then clearly it's no longer valid.
0
 
LVL 21

Accepted Solution

by:
za_mkh earned 800 total points
ID: 24082196
By default, a page file should be equal to the amount of physical memory that a computer has. The same principal would apply to a VM!..
0
 

Author Comment

by:jasimon9
ID: 24082615
garycase: seems reasonable and I was thinking of simply allowing automatic management

za_mkh: how much "physical memory" does the VM have? Same as the host hardware, or the 512MB that is configured for the VM?
0
 

Author Comment

by:jasimon9
ID: 24082688
In thinking about it and looking into Task Manager performance section the "physical memory" seen by XP in the VM is 512MB. So it makes sense to me to apply my rule of thumb of 2.5 times physical memory to get the pagefile size.

With that in mind, I am changing the pagefile from roughly 5GB to 1.25GB, and putting it on the C drive, as I am trying to clear the data from the F partition as I am migrating over to the Mac for most things.
0
 
LVL 70

Assisted Solution

by:garycase
garycase earned 1200 total points
ID: 24083992
You've already answered your own question r.e. the "physical memory" => the virtual machine's memory is whatever you assigned to the VM ... it has nothing to do with how much memory the host machine has.   Setting it to 2.5 times that is fine ... although it would also be fine to simply let XP manage it.
0

Featured Post

Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup

Capture your entire system, including the host, with patented disk imaging integrated with VMware VADP / Microsoft VSS and RCT. RTOs is as low as 15 seconds with Acronis Active Restore™. You can enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations from any source (even from a different hypervisor)

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Ransomware is a malware that is again in the list of security  concerns. Not only for companies, but also for Government security and  even at personal use. IT departments should be aware and have the right  knowledge to how to fight it.
This article provides a convenient collection of links to Microsoft provided Security Patches for operating systems that have reached their End of Life support cycle. Included operating systems covered by this article are Windows XP,  Windows Server…
Teach the user how to convert virtaul disk file formats and how to rename virtual machine files on datastores. Open vSphere Web Client: Review VM disk settings: Migrate VM to new datastore with a thick provisioned (lazy zeroed) disk format: Rename a…
Teach the user how to install and configure the vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance Open vSphere Web Client: Deploy vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance OVA file: Verify vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance boots successfully: Connect to the …
Suggested Courses

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question