Integration issues between VMware Server and older Microsoft OSes

Microsoft Windows Server 2003
VMware Server
VMware Server 1.0.8
Windows 2000 Server
I have installed VMware Server 1.0.8 and Win2000 Server in a Win2003 sp2 environment. But the Win2000 Server VM usually has a delay, but that delay is not indicated when I recieve a report on the VM. Naturally this led me to perform a performance test but when I attempted the test, I received an error saying that the VMware memory was locked. The message essentially says that when I attempt to ping the VM, the client times out. I would greatly appreciate some help as I do not have this problem with a VM running NT 4.0, just this VM. Thanks!

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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:

  1. Are the VMware tools installed inside the Win 2000 VM?
  2. If you really cannot ping the Win 2000 VM, is the virtual networking configured correctly?
  3. 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!

Thank you,
David Davis

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