After I virtualize a Windows 2003 server running sql, eba, and iis the CPU spikes to 100% on the guest vm and it just drags.
The physical machine be virtualized is a HP ML370 Xeon 2.40ghz dual-core w/ 1gb of ram.
The vm ESXi host is a DL 380 G5 Xeon e5440/2.83 ghz quad-core w/ 4 gb (already hosting 2 vm's.)
It was recommended to changed the HAL to avoid potential performance issues which I have noticed in previous conversions and just ended up rebuilding a 2003 vm. Unfortunately, I can't afford to do this with this server even though, it may be a lot faster.
In an attempt to avoid this issue, during the last conversion I set the CPU in vmware converter to 1 cpu and virtualized. But apparently, it didn't work becuase when the system finally loaded (after applying computer settings and installing new hardware that it found), I went to check the HAL processor in Device manager, it listed ACPI Multiprocessor. After checking numerous sites for the process to changen the HAL, I changed it to ACPI uniprocessor and rebooted. Upon reboot, the same performance was experienced (100% utilization and hangs at applying computer settings).
Any thoughts on how to correct this?