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Vmware session starts slowly

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Hello,
I am running vmware server 2.0 on Windows Server 2008. It works fine and most of my machines can run vmware sessions without any problem. I have machine that has problems.

I just installed a new computer with Windows 7 and Office 2007. It also has IE version 8 and the latest Java from Sun. The vmware tools are loaded.

I can review the VMWARE console using IE 8 just fine. But, when I go to launch a vmware remote console it might take up to 3 minutes for it to even pop up. It pops up within seconds on other computers. Is there something different about Windows 7 that I need to do so that the remote consoles popup right away?

What can I do to speed this up?

Thanks,
John
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What is the Hardware Configuration of the Windows Server 2008 Host ?

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CPU = Core i7 920
Motherboard is an ASUS
Ram = 12GB
Disable UAC and give it a try.
How many vCPUs and RAM have you allocated to the Windows 7 VM ?

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UAC is already turned off on my machine. My desktop is the Windows 7 machine that I want to run remote consoles on. Any other machine starts a remote console in a matter of seconds. This machine takes too long, but I am not sure why.

I just upgraded my default Windows display drivers to the ones by the manufacturer e.g. ATI. I hope that my default Microsoft drivers were the issue, and it is also possible that my screen resolution is too high. The remonte console response time is somewhat quicker but it still does not respond as I expect it to.

Other maintenance performed was to clean out temp files and to reboot.
Are you running any security software / anti-virus on the Windows 7 desktop ?

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No, nothing like that is in the way. I have not installed any antivirus software or spam filters and will wait until I figure out what is going on.
Please keep us posted.
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It would be interesting to see what Task Mgr says when you open a console to that VM, as opposed to when you do when you open a console to the non-issue VMs...

Anything in your host's Event Viewer?

~coolsport00

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Hi Coolsport00, I was wondering the same thing, too, and a few times it appeared the something was using up my resources but I could not figure it out. This also led me to installing the factory video card drivers. I just instlaled the factory monitor drivers for both my monitors, too. This has decreased the amount of time it takes to load consoles, now. I just did another test and my cpu usaged fluctuated between 1 and 3 percent. Nothing really major happening.... I opened another console and it took 23 seconds for my remote console to load. This is much faster than the 2 to 5 minutes as before, but it is still odd that it takes so long. The biggest change was my display and monitor drivers.
Try updating the NIC drivers as well and check whether they offer some significant reduction in loading time.
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The VMware consoles, in general, aren't good 'performance' options for workstations. I know this isn't resolving your issue directly, but using RDP is much better, performance-wise, than the VMware console sessions.

Glad your display drivers dropped the console time down dramatically. Without much in the Evt Vwr or Tsk Mgr, it's hard to tell. Maybe there's something in the VMware Server log files that would provide more info?

~coolsport00

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Hi Coolsport. I don't think the issue is with my vmware server. It is a pretty good workhorse. So far, my vmware consoles have been running just fine with other workstations. I want to go to ESXi but that will have to be sometime in the future. I have not seen a performance hit like this since I reformatted my workstation and started from scratch. My previous installation had gone through various updates so whatever legacy settings it had must have kept the performance up. My current workstation release of my OS and Software came directly from MSDN so I suspect that there is something amiss in the latest distribution. I think I can deal with the short delay the console is taking to come up. It is far much better than it was before I installed the latest factory drivers for the display adapter.

I guess I could use RDP on the vmware computers running Windows based systems, but it's not a choice for Linux and Unix machines. Things were working fine until I reformatted my workstation. I suppose I might just have to reformat it again on a Wednesday instead of a Friday. That might make a difference, too, LOL.
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I use the VMware console within my infrastructure -> ESX, ESXi, Workstation, Server, but 1/2 the time I use RDP....but yes, all my VMs (well, accept a couple) are Windows, so it works. :) I've heard how the console can degrade performance on a workstation, but not like what you experienced. At least you're back to a more manageable wait time.

Regards,
~coolsport00

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Thanks everyone for helping out. There are a couple of things that made this work and here they are:

1. Make sure the video drivers are the latest from the manufacturer and that the monitor drivers are installed. Sometimes, a high video rate might also cause problems. Adjust your settings if needed.

2. Here is one that probably also had a lot to do with it. Turn off all the additional crap that IE 8 wants to install such as protected mode. Set your browser to trust as much as you reasonably can.
Thank you for providing the valuable inputs.
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Ditto; will be of great significance when assisting other posters :)

Regards,
~coolsport00

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Here is something else that I did and it might help. I was running this version of vmware: VMware-server-2.0.1-156745. So, I upgraded to the latest patch of vmware, which is: VMware-server-2.0.2-203138. After I upgraded, I was given a option to upgrade the vmware tools to the vmware images (appliances?) I created. So far, things are running better. I don't know why but I am finally happy that I can load vmware sessions without having to wait for 23 seconds or more. I suspect and hope that VMWARE Inc found issues with Internet Explorer version 8 and this is the reason for the maintenance release of vmware.
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Awesome..thanks for sharing! :)