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VMware - Need speed improvement or live with it?

Posted on 2013-11-07
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Hi All -
I run VMware (ver 5) on a MacBook Pro (2.8GHz Inter Core i7) with 8GB RAM (1067 MHz DDR3) and a 1TB 7200 Internal Hard Drive to run 1 Windows 7 VM and 1 Linux (CentOS) VM, though I usually only run/use 1 VM at a time (either Windows or Linux)

I am wondering if I can do anything to get any NOTICABLE performance improvement, possibly by:
1. Hardware Upgrades? Adding RAM .. to 16GB or 32GB?
2. Configuring VMware differently rather than it's out-of-the-box config recommendations?
3. Since I only use 1 VM Windows at a time, can I tell VMware to put ALL it's CPU/RAM/ETC resources to the current VMware window in use at that moment?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Increase the memory in the host, and change and use a SSD.

You can add more vCPUs and Memory to your Windows 7 VM.

I would recommend 2 vCPUs and 8GB RAM.
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