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  Performance Tuning and BenchmarkingGuidelines for VMware Workstation 6 VMware Workstation 6.0  VMware, Inc. 3145 Porter DrivePalo Alto, CA 94304www.vmware.com iiVMware, Inc.Performance Tuning and Benchmarking Guidelines for VMware Workstation 6   You can find the most up-to-date technical documentation on our Web site at http://www.vmware.com/support/  The VMware Web site also provides the latest product updates.If you have comments about this documentation, submit your feedback to: docfeedback@vmware.com  © 2006-2007 VMware, Inc. All rights reserved. Protected by one or more of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,397,242, 6,496,847, 6,704,925,6,711,672, 6,725,289, 6,735,601, 6,785,886, 6,789,156, 6,795,966, 6,880,022, 6,944,699, 6,961,806, 6,961,941, 7,069,413,7,082,598, 7,089,377, 7,111,086, 7,111,145, 7,117,481, 7,149,843 and 7,155,558; patents pending.VMware, the VMware “boxes” logo and design, Virtual SMP and VMotion are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware,Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of theirrespective companies.Performance Tuning and Benchmarking Guidelines for VMware Workstation 6Revision: 20070508Item: WS-ENG-Q207-185  VMware, Inc.iii   Contents Prefacev Terminologyvi 1 Performance TuningVMware Workstation1 Hardware2Memory2Disks (General)2Disks (SAN, NAS, and RAID)2Networking2Host Operating System3Memory3Disks (General)3Networking3Services and Settings3Disable Unneeded Services3Avoid Non-Default Configuration Settings4VMware Workstation and Virtual Machines5CPUs5CPU Resources5Configuring Process Scheduling on Windows Hosts5Memory5Reserving Memory for Workstation5Specifying the Amount of Memory That Can Be Swapped to Disk6Memory Allocated to Virtual Machines6Memory Trimming6Page Sharing7Disks7Networking8Debug and Logging Modes8Turn off Debug Mode8Logging8Other Items8Guest Operating Systems10CPUs10UP Versus SMP HAL/Kernel10Idle Loops10Memory11Disks11Defragment Disks12Performance Impact of Defragmenting Snapshots and Linked Clones12Networking12Software Versions12Settings13  Performance Tuning and Benchmarking Guidelines for VMware Workstation 6.0ivVMware, Inc.   2 BenchmarkingVMware Workstation15 “Apples-to-Apples” Comparisons15Benchmarking Design16General Methodology16Timing Considerations16Benchmarking Tools17CPU-Related Benchmarks17Memory-Related Benchmarks17Disk-Related Benchmarks17Networking-Related Benchmarks17Comprehensive Multi-Tier Benchmarks17Discouraged Benchmarks17Performance Monitoring Tools18Windows: Perfmon 18 Linux: vmstat 18 Linux: sar 18 Hardware19General19CPU19Memory19Disks (SAN, NAS, and RAID)19Networking19Other Devices20VMware Workstation21Memory Trimming and Page Sharing21Use Purpose-Built Virtual Machines21Guest Operating Systems22CPU22UP Versus SMP HAL/Kernel2232-bit Versus 64-bit CPUs22Disk22Other Considerations22 Glossary25
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