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windows server 2008 taking long time to login

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We have newly upgraded DEV servers from 3.5 to EXSi 4.1 and we are running VC 5.0

About around the time of our upgrade two Windows 2008 servers running 64 bit @ 1 vcpu and 2 gb of ram started acting up, the servers would be very slow to boot and take 45 minutes to login. (we use AD)

Now we have three servers with the exact same configuration on the same ESXi host, one of the servers works fine and login takes about 30 seconds.

I tried bumping up the memoy to 4 GB but still having the same issues with the other two.

Anyone come across this before?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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what is the underlying datastore that the virtual servers are stored on?

RAID type, disks SAS or SATA, speed 7.2k, 10k, 15k etc
I have saw problems like that when DNS is misconfigured (check at your network adapter) or if vmware tools is missing.
Give it a try.
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Problem was with teh Adapter type, for soem reason it got swtiched from VMX 2 to E1000. Switched it back and added the IPs, DNS and WINS and all is good now.

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carlosevp comments about the network adapter got me thinking about the adapter type under edit settings > Hardware > network adapter

there I noticed the adapter type was different from the working one, I updated that and everything was fixed.
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you should really be using VMXNET3 for ESXi 4.1!

why that should affect boot time from the disk is mysterious!

Maybe youve not Upgraded Virtual Hardware yet, so you can run Virtual Machine v7!

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