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VM Ware Workstation CPU still very high. VMWare tools Installed

The VMware workstation I have set up is regularly at 90 - 100% CPU when very little processing is going on.  For example I may just have one excel sheet open.  

Basically any action sends the CPU off the charts.  

I have the following configuration.  

VMware workstation is installed on a

Windows Server 2003 SP2,
Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.8GHz
4.00 GB RAM
This server hovers around 30% CPU Usage pretty consistently.  
THIS SERVER IS BEING USED A DOMAIN CONTROLLER, which I know is not recommended.  We can actually stop using it as such if necessary.  


The VMWare workstation virtual machine has 2GB RAM assigned to it.  


Any ideas on how to resolve this?  I experienced some benefit by installing the full installation of the VMWare Tools.  It is still not a workable machine at this point.  

Thanks in advance.

Ariel
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What process in the Virtual Machine is taking up the CPU, have a look in Task Manager?

and why is it  VMware Workstation installed on your Domain Controller?
Personally I would recommend, uninstalling VMware Workstation from your Domain Controller, and install it on a workstation.

or if you need Excel on your Domain Controller, just installed Excel!
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Hi,

Its basically any process, like opening a file, or starting any application.  Any thing I do on the VM will max out the CPU for a good minute, creating ridiculous drag time.

I'm trying Workstation as VMWare Server was performing even worse.  

The goal is to get a workstation that does not have access to the rest of the server.   The user would be provided with remote access to the workstation only, and not to the server.  

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Ariel
 
Bad idea, all round in my opinion, but if that's what you want to do. Customer is always right.

It sounds like poor disk performance, have you allocated one single large disk for the workstation, or is it spanned?

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Hi,

If its a bad idea in general then I agree we should stop trying.  I'm never right as far as I can remember.  

Are you saying bad idea all around because the server is a domain controller, or other parts of the config as well?   We can stop using it as a domain controller soon, so if we did that, would you still see this as a poor approach.  

We are using one single disk for the workstation, not spanned.
A domain controller, should be left as a domain controller, with no other roles, either than maybe DNS and/or DHCP.

If at a push, file and maybe printer server.

But shouldn't really be used interactively, and especially with something like VMware Server or Workstation which is going to take valuable resources away from it's main role as autheticating users.

If it's no longer a domain controller go for it.
and then later rebuild the OS, and install VMware Server 2.0.2
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Hi,

So you recommend a reinstall of the OS after relieving the server of the DC responsibilities?  


The idea of getting the user to use RDP sounds good too.  We have 2 built in MSTSC licenses that shipped with the server.  

The user would use Log Me In, or similar, to access the machine.  I'll find out from Log Me In if they can configure their product to connect to one of the 2 available server sessions, and not the console.
If they are using Log Me In, no need for RDP or Terminal Services.

Log Me in can connect to a RDP session.

I not sure if you've purchased Log Me In, but you can use RDP from home, remote provided that firewalls are open on port 3389!

you can also run RDP secure via VPN Tunnel, on Port 22, but that's another question!
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Thanks for the additional advice.  

We do have a VPN tunnel via a Sonic Wall hardware device.  We'll try this as an alternative.