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strength of vmplayer

Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:00 pm

I restored a backup of Windows 2003 small business with 4GB of ram into vmplayer running in a Windows 7 64 bit on an i5 processor. Seems to run pretty good and all services are starting properly. I’m able to attach a computer and run the main application that is tied to SQL. My question is, is this capable of standing up to the load of 30 people using the software like the existing Windows 2003 computer? The whole idea is to have a backup server that can be rapidly deployed if the main server fails.
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Re: strength of vmplayer

Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:13 pm

My experience is with Oracle but I imagine it would be similar to SQL server. I found Oracle on Vmware ESX to be sensibly slower than real metal, in particular memory and disk access. Of course I imagine that if you replace an old, dying server with a more powerful virtual server (in terms of number of cpus and amount of memory) perhaps the change will be for the best. Anyway, make sure to let management and users know ahead of time that the performance of a virtual environment may be lower than that of physical hardware but that it would be only temporary until the real server is fixed. And get it in print and signed. CYA, basically.


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