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VMware ESXi Desperately Slow. Memory and Resource Advice Please

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Hello Experts,

I have re-activated my account in the hope I get some good responses to this question.

Can someone please tell me how to determine if more memory is required - or what is simply needed to run my VM more efficiently?

At the moment running my VMs is painfully slow - to the point it's really annoying.

The VM I have created are as follows:

2 x Windows 7
2 x Cisco Cloud Service Routers
2 x Riverbed Virtual Steelheads
1 x pfSense Firewall

I have a attached a few images that may help you help me.

Your help will be greatly appreciated

Regards

Carlton
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by:cpatte7372
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Also,

When all VMs are active the Cisco CSR VMs constantly crash.

I'm beginning to wonder if I should use another vendor to host my ESXi? Maybe Amazons AWS?

What do you think?

Regards
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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You are memory bound.

e.g. you need to add another 8GB to your server.

You are at the maximum for your host, so it will start swapping to disk, and cause performance issues. You really should reserve 2GB for the host.

So, that leaves 5GB, and you are currently using active 5773MB....if those VMs start wanting to use more memory, things will go sluggish.

As for crashing....Cisco CSR, the VM should not crash! (maybe!)
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by:cpatte7372
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Hi Andrew,

Thanks for responding.

How can you tell that I'm at the maximum for my host?

The Cisco CSR seems to crash when I've got all the VMs running - do think this is memory related?  The CSR's should be stable as rock
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by:cpatte7372
ID: 40574973
Hi Andrew,

I powered down the CSRs and while powering them back up I lost two VMs.

I swear, if I could acquire two public ip addresses I would build my own ESXi and host it myself!

Grrrrrrr
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very first screenshot.....

Maximum in host is 8192

you are using

7323.00

If that is the result all VMs on, CRS crashes, add more memory!
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