I have a server that is having unusal memory problems. It appeared that the applicaiton had a memory leak. We went back and forth with the vendor, literally for months trying to rememdy the problem.
It is a Windows 2008 R2 virtual server running on ESX 4.1. RamMap showed 9 to 10GB of data being use by "Driver Locked" as stated in this case:
As stated in this case as well, killing VMtools sees to have resolved my memory issue.
So my question is this; considering I have no problems from any other Windows 2008 R2 server I have in this cluster like this, I am reluctant to turn off VMtools. I am by no means a VM expert and am unsure what the consequences are other than jerkly mouse in the conolse, inability to drag and drop files from my desktop to the console and one or two other things.
Is there any significant downside to removing VMtools from a VM for an extended period of time? Am I going to get bitten in the ass weeks, months from now because I don't have VMtools loaded?