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VMWare Guest Takes Too Long to Power Off

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I am running Vista 64 bit on my laptop (host) and have a VMWare guest configured with Windows Server 2003. When I shut down the guest operating system, the guest machine sometimes take 10 minutes or more to power down. Every time I attempt to close VMWare, I get a message from VMWare Workstation informing me that the "Guest is still busy" and to "wait until the operation is complete before closing".

Eventually, the guest will close completely but it takes far too long.

Any ideas?
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by:akramryk
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Dear have allocate enough physical & virtual memory to guest OS. Further if ur host machine is busy with too many application occupied memory, then it increses IO. Eventually Guest VM startup / shutdown becomes very slow.
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by:cbridgman
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I have 4gb allocated to the guest leaving 4gb for the host. I closed all apps on the host. That should have done it.
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by:hydrokid
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how about your cpu, hdd and virtual memory. (Check these bottlenecks also)
Check your windows vista diagnostic tools & perfmon, it could drop some hints.
CPU utilization (>80% is a concern)
Disk (Queue Length >3 is a concern)
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by:SysExpert
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ALso, if you have things like exchange running on a DC, then shut down can take a long time
 
I hope this helps !
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by:markzz
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I've seen an issue with Win2k3 and XP over the past few months.
At some stage Microsoft have done something which has broken the "Help and Support" function. It's possibly caused by a patch but I reckon I see this on 10% of OS's.
The function equates to the "Help and Support" Service.
This doesn't seem to have any real effect on the OS except you can't run msinfo32.exe and the OS takes aa great deal of time to shut down.
Anyway, an easy test is to click on "Help and Support" in your start menu. If it doesn't work run.
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CD /d %SystemDrive%\windows\pchealth\helpctr\binaries
Start /w helpsvc /svchost netsvcs /regserver /install
net  start  helpsvc
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This will remove and recreate the service..
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Thanks for all of the responses to date. Unfortunately, I haven't made any progress. VMWare guest is still very slow to close. As I mentioned earlier, everything is self-contained on my laptop. The laptop itself runs Vista 64-bit. I have VMWare installed on it and one of the guests is a Win 2003 Server - 32 bit. I can close all programs on the host so that "nothing" is running other than the guest and the guest just won't shut down.

I've looked at the Help and Support services and that has no problems, I am not running exchange on DC, and I am not sure how to check some of the performance items that have been suggested as possible bottlenecks. I really don't know which utilities to run nor do I really understand some of the output.

Any other ideas would be appreciated.
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by:cbridgman
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this should be closed. i never received an answer that solved the problem so i will put up with it for now
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