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Copying 1.5gb file from old server to new Virtual machine (Vmware) on the same network taking forever!!

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hi guys

I'm trying to transfer a file from an old server (windows 2000!) to a windows 2012 virtual machine. They're both on the same subnet and network ID, but for some reason a 1.5gb file is taking over 40mins to copy over.

The same copy to a non-virtual server on the same network takes around 10-15mins.

Is there a setting on in Vcenter that can be modified or on the machine itself to speed this up?

Cheers
Yash
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You are using the VMXNET3 interface, and not the E1000 legacy interface ?
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I don't know that at all. Where can I check?
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The VM Settings.

Right Click the VM > Edit Settings > Network Interface
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Aha okay, yes it says 'E1000E'.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Replace with VMXNET3 interface, and make sure you have VMware Tools installed to support this interface.
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by:Yashy
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I did make the change and Vmwaretools was installed, but the difference wasn't too great.

I've tried copying a file from the Vmware machine to another Vmware machine (on the same network) and the copy is around 10mb/s. The file type is a .PST and is around 1.5gb. These guys are based in the US.

When I hop onto our virtual environment in the UK and do the same thing, a similar file (i.e. a PST) is copying across at 80mb/s.

All switches are gigabit, but I wonder if the one's in the US have got some configuration missing?
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Are the hosts similar and have the same configuration?

Local Disk, SAN, iSCSI, FC ?
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10 milli-bits per second ? like a byte in 10 minutes?

Check all network cards if they are auto-negotiating to gigabit (powergui can help to check all in a click)
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Guys, the people in the US completely misinformed me. They had gigabit switches and....one 10/100 switch and guess where the virtual enviroment was plugged into?:))

50mins has now dropped to 8mins after I asked them to reconnect everything to the gigabit switch. Apologies people, thank you again.
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Get the powergui. Maybe they keep more surprises in their pocket...
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