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Hello Kris, welcome to the VMware Community forums. You can tweak ESXi to get a bit more memory on the resource tab - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/memory_allocation.php.
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Thanks for the blisteringly fast reply, in a time that Ping requests could be proud of!
I reinstalled ESXi, wondering whether I could have somehow made a detrimental configuration change during my learning stages. I've also made the changes you linked to. Whilst I have noticed a positive effect (some memory being released and made available for me to actually use!) the maths still doesn't quite add up.
Memory usage now reported as : 693Mb
(Resource Allocation) Memory Total Capactity 978Mb
...which still leaves ~400Mb missing. Where is it? Have you got it?
If the answer is simply "The system is using it" then I guess I'll accept that - although it would mean that without any VMs running the system 'costs' ~1200Mb to run. I see that the child objects in the init level of the vmvisor also have memory reservations. Are these all adding up to account for the missing memory, or are their collective memory requirements satisfied by their parent level ("init") or indeed the grandparent level, "vmvisor", that I just changed the setting for?
Thanks again and in advance..
VMware ESXi just like any hypervisor available today, will require an overhead for every virtual machine it run. Therefore, the number mentioned below can be OK as an over head to run your VMs.
A second note, if you are running the initial release of vSphere you might want to consider patching it or updating it as there was a bug that cause a wrong memory usage being reported. You can find more about this bug & the solution at the following post:[ Guest operating system’s memory usage might be overestimated on VMware ESX 4|http://www.virtualizationteam.com/virtualization-vmware/vsphere-virtualization-vmware/guest-operating-systems-memory-usage-might-be-overestimated-on-vmware-esx-4.html]
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