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      • 30. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
        EdP Hot Shot

        I agree with your request that VMWare start taking notice of this issue!

         

        From this link:

        http://clubhouse.microsoft.com/Public/Post/8b1f2a5d-66ef-404b-98ae-9c943f404b1f

         

        You will see the following statement:

        . . . it also includes client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory.   RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory are  two new virtualization features enabled  in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

        To me the only possible "client" that this could possibly refer to is a Windows 7 pc, while the Windows Server is the host. It would be a very unusual (though possible) set-up if Windows Servers were also clients of Windows Servers.

         

        I think we can safely say that Dynamic Memory is there and probably switched on, but none of the control facilities are enabled as these are only found in the server edition.

         

        Message was edited by: EdP [EDIT] Assuming you do not have a mission critical installation you can install SP1, see if it works ok for you. If it does not work then the uninstall procedure appears to work cleanly, at least in so far as vmware guests can then run without issue. I think most posters on this issue have installed every Windows update prior to SP1, so this narrows the causes down to those areas not previously addressed by updates -- dynamic memory is one such addition, and seems to fit the symptom of causing guest 'out of memory' issues.

        • 31. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
          EtreLibre Novice

          With mail support, VMware ask me to collect data and send them via FTP : I done it.

           

          Please, if you have SP1 installed and have many problems, can you use support too, to help them to fix it ?

           

          Thank you

          • 32. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
            alexto Novice

            Same problem here. I'm on a Lenovo T400, 8GB DDR3, SSD

             

            Been using VMware Workstation before Windows 7 released till now. It's been fine until I recently applied W7 SP1.

             

            I have 4 VMs running different version of Windows and Linux for my work and research:

             

            1. Windows 2003 SP2, 3GB Ram

            2. Windows 2008 R2, 4GB Ram

            3. Centos 5.5 4GB Ram

            4. Debian 6 2GB Ram

             

            I run only one VM at any one time and problems happen to ALL of my VMs, however intermittent. Sometimes, my VMs will be very slow and unusable REGARDLESS of the guest OS that I run. Restart the VM may make it work normally (or maybe not, I need to try to restart more than once sometimes).

            At normal state, my VMs run smooth as I have plenty of RAM and a SSD.

             

            It is quite strange that when my VM happens to run very slow, the CPU usage is not high, host OS still run smoothly and my hard disk light hardly blink. I tweak my VM with all possible settings to favour performance over the last 1 year (Fit all into Ram, use host hard disk buffer, disable memory trimming / sharing etc...)

             

            I can't uninstall SP1 any more as right after installing SP1, I do a clean up from the command line .

             

            Anyone can tell me, how exactly do I report this problem ? Sending a log file ? from which location on my hard disk ?

             

            PS: Excuse my English, English is not my first language.

            • 34. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
              piggyz Enthusiast

              I can confirm the problem too. VMware need to fix it, the quality of virtualization after SP1 is decreased, machines run slows and there is this memory problem :-(

              • 35. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                EdP Hot Shot
                I can't uninstall SP1 any more as right after installing SP1, I do a clean up from the command line .

                If I understand you correctly you cannot INSTALL SP1 any more. If this is your problem, try going to the following Technet link and search for Troubleshooting.

                http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff817650%28WS.10%29.aspx

                 

                If however you cannot UNINSTALL SP1 then open a Command Prompt with Administrator priviliges, and enter the following command:

                 

                Wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:976932

                 

                This takes a very long time to start the uninstall routine, and could take an hour or so to complete.

                 

                If however you have already removed your backup files then I'm sorry I do not know a way to help - you could try a system restore, but I am pessimistic about your success.

                 

                I hope this helps you.

                • 36. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                  alexto Novice

                  Thanks EdP and EtreLibre

                   

                  I would not want to uninstall SP1 anyway as I know eventually I will need to install it. Preferably to have a fix from VMware.

                   

                  I experiment with my desktop (8GB Ram / 1TB 7200rpm Hard disk) and as expected, I have the same problem.

                   

                  Just applied W7SP1 to my desktop this afternoon and problems arise. My VMs start to crawl sometimes and unusable (any guest OS).

                   

                  Hope to see a fix soon

                  • 37. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                    EtreLibre Novice

                    EdP a écrit:

                     

                    I can't uninstall SP1 any more as right after installing SP1, I do a clean up from the command line .

                    If I understand you correctly you cannot INSTALL SP1 any more. If this is your problem, try going to the following Technet link and search for Troubleshooting.

                    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff817650%28WS.10%29.aspx

                     

                    If however you cannot UNINSTALL SP1 then open a Command Prompt with Administrator priviliges, and enter the following command:

                     

                    Wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:976932

                     

                    This takes a very long time to start the uninstall routine, and could take an hour or so to complete.

                     

                    If however you have already removed your backup files then I'm sorry I do not know a way to help - you could try a system restore, but I am pessimistic about your success.

                     

                    I hope this helps you.

                    He can't do it because he have cleaned up the SP1 with the command line :

                     

                    DISM /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

                     

                    And me too... I can't uninstall SP1, so I hope VMware will fix it

                    • 38. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                      piggyz Enthusiast

                      I'm surely they will. This definitely is a MAJOR issue! BTW, VirtualBOX, I do use on another system, is absolutely not affected by the problem.

                      • 39. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                        EdP Hot Shot

                        For what its worth 'doctor' on techrepublic

                        http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/discussions/102-341616-3422086

                        posted the following:

                        SP1 and VMware workstation

                        After we installed SP1 on several W7 and WS2008R2 hosts  with VMware wksta 7.1.3 (build 324285) we encountered problems running  multiple VMs on them - especially when more than ~70% of physical memory  is occupied by VMs, they start crashing into BSOD soon, while VMware  complains something about failed memory allocation. Adding more RAM into  host or stopping some guests in order to free some additional memory  fixed the problem.

                        I think the quoted 70% may be at a much lower figure for some workstation configurations, and would be better expressed as an absolute free memory number. Whatever it is, it is orders of magnitude lower than the pre-SP1 number. Hopefully VMware will take this anti-competitive move up with Microsoft with a high degree of urgency, as I suspect it is not a VMWare code issue.

                        • 40. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                          JJoel42 Hot Shot
                          VMware Employees

                          Thanks for bringing this to our attention.  We are looking in to this and will let you know what we find.

                          • 41. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                            rharry Enthusiast
                            VMware Employees

                            Can you add this line to your host's WS config file  (C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini) and reboot the  host, and see if it fixes the issue for you..

                             

                            vmmon.disableHostParameters = "TRUE"

                             

                            and post here with the result, thanks.

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                            • 42. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                              Joe1948 Enthusiast

                              Ed

                              Not brave really I made an image with Acronis TI before installing SP1. A restore only takes about 8-10 min. I have the drive partitioned with system in one and all data including VMs on the other My system seems to work OK  Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 8 G ram.

                              Joe

                              • 43. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                                alexto Novice

                                Thanks Harry,

                                 

                                I been using the switch vmmon.disableHostParameters = "TRUE" since morning and it's been fine (it's 12 noon now in Singapore). I have not yet encountered problems. seems good.

                                 

                                I normally encounter the problem quite often (like after every 1, 2 restart of guest os).

                                 

                                Is it a work around or a fix ? Any side effect of using this switch ? Well, actually whatever it is, as long as my VM run smoothly, I'm fine with that.

                                 

                                Will feedback again if any problem

                                 

                                Alex

                                • 44. Re: VMware Workstation 7.1.3 and Windows 7 SP1
                                  jforce Lurker

                                  I tested.

                                   

                                  It WORKS!

                                   

                                  Note: After edit .ini file, You must restart windows. Without restart, editing .ini is meaningless or not work properly. And If you want test (change TRUE or FALSE), DO restart windows, first.