Balloon Driver in VMware

cgeorgeisaac used Ask the Experts™
Is there a step by step procedure to configure balloon driver in VMware?
I needed a guide to explain the "balloon driver" concept and  how to reconfigure (after installation of vmware tools) balloon driver and troubleshooting.
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The ballon driver does not need configuring, VMware Tools, and the Hypervisor, inflates/deflates the balloon driver when required.

here is a great explaination

Understanding VMware Ballooning - vFrank

see also here
cgeorgeisaacSenior Engineer


Great Links thanks.  However, do you know where I can change the vmmemct1 if required.
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You do not have to change it.

If you want to remove the memory control driver, you have to select Add/Remove Programs, and select Modify, and select the driver you want to remove.

or, re-install VMware Tools, and create a Custom installation of VMware Tools, and do not select the memory control driver.

BUT, you would always install the balloon driver, unless a vendor tells you not to install.

if you want to disable see here

Further info on memory ballooning please check out the Memory Resource Management document

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