Thanks for the question. Performance issues are always difficult to troubleshoot over email or in a forum as it can take a lot of digging to find the root cause. Still, let me see if may be able to give you some ideas to help you track down that root cause. Here are the first things I would check:
- Are the VMware tools installed inside the Win 2000 VM?
- If you really cannot ping the Win 2000 VM, is the virtual networking configured correctly?
- I am not sure what tool you used to perform a performance test. I would start with just running task manager and Windows performance monitor in the guest VM to see how it thinks the VM is performing. Perhaps you will find that there is high CPU, RAM, Network, or Disk utilization in the VM. These could either be caused by processes/applications running in the VM guest, or you may discover that what you really want to run takes more horsepower than you have allocated to the VM (in that case you need to edit the virtual hardware and “virtually” upgrade this VM)
Finally, I would recommend upgrading your virtualization platform to VMware Server 2.x or ESXi as both will likely give you much better performance (actually, maybe you should do this first).
I hope that helps!