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VMware extremely slow printing to a network printer

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I have a new VM running Windows 7 Pro (VMware) and the printing of jobs to a network printer is extremely slow; the printer in question is an HP P3015n.

Does anybody have any ideas how to fix/speed this up please?

Thanks,

Alex
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by:truromeo4juliet
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sometimes printing to a network printer is just slow... are other network computers having the same issue? do you have the correct printer installed in the VM?
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by:asbowen
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The correct printer is installed on the VM.
Yesterday when we were using a desktop, non VM, the printing was fine; now it's slow coming from the VM hosted on the server
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what OS is on your print server??  did your non-VM test desktop also have Win 7 Pro?

what resources did you assign to the Win 7 VM??  I find 2 cores and 3-4GB RAM works best for me under VMware Workstation 7.0.

also make sure you VMware NIC adapter type is set correctly, it maybe on the older Flexible type, when OS 2003 and onwards should use VMXNET3 (set in the Edit Settings function under Hardware) - you didn't say if you are using Workstation, Server or vSphere 4.0.
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by:asbowen
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I'll check the details tomorrow however the rest:
The printer is directly connected to the network, internal NIC in the printer.
The previous desktop was running Vista business.
I'll check the VM resources tomorrow.
I'll check the VMware NIC settings also.
I'm using Vsphere 4.0 latest updates with this VM running on it.

Thanks,

Alex
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by:bgoering
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Make sure VMware tools are installed in your guest OS, any networking (not just printing) can be notoriously slow without them.

Good Luck
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Thanks, they are, but I appreciate your advice
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If tools are installed I would highly recommend going to vmxnet3 as an adapter type. Also check for speed/duplex mismatches. What flavor of VMware is your hosting environment? I have seen issues sometimes with Workstation, VMware Server, or Player using bridged networking sometimes it doesn't negotiate correctly which will cause performance issues.
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by:asbowen
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IainNIX - I'm running 1 vCPU and 2GB RAM on this VM. Also how do I change the NIC settings to VMXNET3, as in Edit Settings I can see E1000 but can't see how to change it.

bgoering - as above, how do I change the adapter settings (if required from E1000) to VMXNET3. My hosting environment is running VMware ESXi 4.1.0

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by:bgoering
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Using "Edit Settings" for your vm, you would first remove your old E1000 NIC, the Add hardware, go through the wizard and pick vmxnet3 as the type.

Your OS will likely detect the NIC has changed and you will need to reconfigure networking on the guest.

Good Luck
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Ah great, I'll try this tomorrow and report back.

Thanks
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