nadrojisk
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VMWare Workstation Slows Down When Saving State

I've got VMWare Workstation 16 Pro (16.0.0 build-16894299) and recently whenever I try to take a snapshot my computer will get extremely laggy. My mouse will jitter around if I try to move it and if I am listening to music it will get glitchy. Note this is outside of the VM on the host. Additionally, if I click the suspend button for the guest it will stop lagging and take the snapshot. It seems that while the snapshot process is in the background and not prioritized it slows down? If I open task manager there doesn't seem to be any bottle necking of my CPU / RAM.

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arangaran
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Hi, i have the same problem, with VMWare Workstation 16 with a host running Windows 10 Pro with a Ryzen 9 3900x and 64GB RAM with a x570 motherboard and VMs running in a 1TB NVMe SSD, i have had it so bad that sometimes taking snapshots crashes the app and also corrupted a few VMs, worse is that i keep seeing errors of VSS (shadow copies or something in Windows 10) appearing in the event viewer, it must be a bug but it would be interesting to know if it is hardware related, i kind of solved it removing hyper-V support and platform and reinstalling the app, it readded that support back and i haven't had any more crashes but it gets very sluggish at times i thought it was something else but discovered that the VMs were the culprit as about why I don't know.

It would be good if you shared info about your devices and VMs maybe there's something in common.

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nadrojisk
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Sure. My host is running Windows 10 Pro with a Intel i7 7700k and 32 GB of RAM with an ASUS Z270-A motherboard. VMs are running on a 2TB NVMe SSD. I did not try disabling Hyper-V but I can attempt that. Currently I haven't had the application crash or corrupt any VMs thankfully. Usually it only lasts between a few minutes to four minutes.

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Robbie70
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I am experiencing the exact issue!  

AMD 3950x x570 chipset, 32GB Ram etc.

No such issues with HyperV on windows 10. I switched to Workstation 16 to have better USB support within VM's, but now taking snap shots are so slow I'm starting to regret my decision.

 

Just wanted to add, taking a snapshot when the VM is off is fast ... it's while its on I experience these issues.

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Catalyph
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Same issue, taking a snapshot while the VM is running takes like 15 minutes.
this is with Inter 8700k 32GB ram and 2TB NVME Samsung, snapshot while vm is off, instant.

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hunger
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I am having the same problem. VMware Workstation completely freezes as soon as it starts Saving State for about a minute. The worst part is that it seems to kill all of my TCP sockets which is really disruptive. The symptoms started after Microsoft crammed the Windows 10 Pro 20H2 update down my throat. I did not have the problem under the previous version.

Dell Latitude 5591

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8850H CPU @ 2.60GHz

32 GB RAM

What's really weird is that I don't have Hyper-V enabled so that can't be the  problem.

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WTig3ner
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I have encountered a problem that may be related to this thread.  I'm running Kubuntu 20.04, Workstation 16, and a Windows 10 VM.  A couple of times in the last couple of weeks, my Windows VM has frozen up, and in the VM frame I see "saving state" with a progress bar that takes on the order of half an hour to finish, unfreezing the VM.  I did not ask Workstation to save the state.  Does anyone know (a) what causes this behavior and (b) whether there is anything I can do to stop it?

Thanks in advance.

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