Dell Precision T3610 Tower Workstation

I have installed VMware on above mentioned machine
along with 10 vms in my test environment
right now i just installed windows on all of them no apps
i am not getting good performance it is very slow
below is configuration
4 cpus*2.9 ghz
intel xeon cpu e5-1607 v2@ 3.00ghz
memory 36 GB
Hdd 2 TB
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
Maybe all VMs are waiting for HDD io. If you have no external storage and only one internal HDD to run all the VMs from you should have a look at the disk load.

Im guessing they just all waiting for the disk.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
That's a lot of VM's on one workstation. I'd test it by shutting down a few to find the threshold of vm's that trigger the performance hit your receiving. You can also check the performance stats in Windows to see what's taking place. Check for AntiVirus apps running scans or any other active tasks.

Also check for network utilization.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
It could also be the hard drive controller. Are you running a Raid? That could slow performance. Also check the performance of the hd controller and network card(s). How much can they handle?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you are using a single HDD, this 2TB disk, is this SATA ?

your bottleneck could be the hard disk.

You really need more disks, more IOPS.

more disks = more spindles = more IOPS = more performance.

Your performance is to be expected.

Is this a Lab or Production, if production, I would recommend more disks, CPU and memory.

see my EE Article

HOW TO:  Performance Monitor vSphere 4.x or 5.0
SM_exchangeAuthor Commented:
this is a lab machine with single HDD,
i am having one more hdd with me can i install os on that hdd and vm data on separate hdd.
will it help me.
SM_exchangeAuthor Commented:
attached is the SS for perf...
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
With a single HDD for Lab, this performance is to be expected.

Two hard disks, in RAID 1 mirror, and the OS (ESXi) installed on USB/SD card, would be better.

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SM_exchangeAuthor Commented:
got it.
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