vmware memory question

Hi, we are running an vmware server esx 4.

we have different clients who have a virtual server.

But when i browse the internet i see other company's selling virtual servers with 1gb ram and burstable..

how to i do this?

no i just give most servers 2gb or more. we only work with windows servers.

but if i give this amount of ram my server eats ram.

so now is my question how can i set my vmware to function correctly that a vmware has his dedicated ram and burst to more if needed.. same with cpu speeds?

do i have to do this in the "resource allocation"?

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Rik Van LierCEOAsked:
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ValutusCommented:
You over-provision the resources for each virtual machine.  I,e, you set 1 GB of RAM as non shared, and set the second GB or RAM to be shared.
Until the resources become contended the virtual machine will get 2GB's of dedicated RAM.  However once the RAM utilisation of the box starts to ramp up, the shared RAM will come into play and the virtual machines will "share" the extra RAM.  


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Rik Van LierCEOAuthor Commented:
and where do i set the shared en non shared ram. also, do i need to set reservations?
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robocatCommented:

In this example you would allocate 2GB to the VM and set a reservation for 1GB.

Make sure you've got VMware tools installed in each VM or the extra GB will never be freed again.
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ramkumar_rkinCommented:
Check below link to know more about memory usage on ESX.

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_memory.pdf
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