A customer needs to virtualize smany XP 32bit boxes as they run applications not compatible with later client OS versions.
They made a test virtualizing some XP boxes to a vSphere 5 infrastructure but users complain about performances, mainly while navigating in Internet.
Increasing the RAM from 256MB to 4GB solved the issue only partially, as the bottle-nek looks to be CPU and maybe video.
Given they need to convert many XP bvoxes, what is the best strategy to P2V the XP boxes making users happy?
Is it advisable to make the converted VM run as guest in physical boxes via VMware workstation or VMware Player?
Is it advisable to implement a dedicate host (maybe an ESXi (free) host to be used only for XP VMs?
Is there any guide to copnfigure the XP VMs to maximize performances and user experience?
Is there any known error to avoid?
you might check this out - it is for VMware the VM configuration will apply to your situation - http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/resources/vmware-view-xp-deployment-guide.pdf