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VMWare Server 2 guest slow

MIkeRKaplan asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I created a new guest on VMWare Server version 2. I created a 64 bit OS VM and loaded Server 2003 STD 64 bit. I also installed SQL Server 2008 STD and Symantec Corp Edition antivirus. I updated all software. I created with 1 GB of memory. It seemed to run fine in my testing. The problems started after I increased the size of the guest to 3 GB. Immediately the console went to 8 bit color (looked terrible dand dialog boxes were not formatted correctly) and had a sluggishness about it. We thought the antivirus was taking a toll but disabling the services and rebooting didn't help. It seems to go in cycles where it's tolerable and other times it is not. I thought VMware tools needed to be uninstalled and reinstalled, but I didn't want to get into reactivating Windows yet. At least, last time I uninstalled and reinstalled VMWare tools it wanted me to reactivate Windows. We have other guests that act like this also.
Question: Can changing the size of memory in a guest, corrupt VMware tools, make the video go down to 8 bit and create a slow guest? If so, what is the best course of action? Thanks
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