5 Replies Latest reply on Nov 11, 2014 10:06 PM by gfletcher0913

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Guest very slow

    candlends Lurker

      I have installed a Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit guests and it is running very, very slow, almost to the point of being unusable.  My host server is a Dell 2950 with two duo core Xeon processors and 32GB of RAM running Windows Server 2003 R2 64-bit, and it doesn't seem to be over taxed.  So I was wondering what could be causing the slowness in the Server 2008 R2 guest.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

        • 1. Re: Windows Server 2008 R2 Guest very slow
          Raidon Novice



          ESX 4 (just downloaded) on a  Del r710

          CPU: dual X5670,2.93GHz,12M,1333MHzMaxMem

          Ram: 24G,6x4GB,1333M,2R,LV,RDIMM,2P

          HDD: 600GB 15K SAS,6G,3.5,HP (6 drives configured as 3 mirrored sets)




          Lenovo windows 7 64-bit

          Tower Core i3 530 2.93GHz/4GB/1x500GB SATA/DVD-RW DL/GigNIC/W7P-64


          xp and linux systems run fine as clients. The hardware is version 7


          like candlends said windows server 2008 r2 64-bit "very slow"


          any help would be extremely appreciated.

          • 2. Re: Windows Server 2008 R2 Guest very slow
            AWo Guru

            Welcome to the forums!


            How many vCPU's are assigned to the guest?

            Are the virtual disks (*.vmdk) excluded from the host virus scanning?



            VCP 3 & 4


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            • 3. Re: Windows Server 2008 R2 Guest very slow
              Raidon Novice

              I would like to give credit to the person who found this out but I am unable to find the blog again after testing the solution.

              It works.

              In server 2008 after installing the tools before or after restarting it doesn’t matter (I like to do it before to avoid another restart).

              1.     Start menu

              2.     Right click on computer

              3.     Click manage

              4.     Expand diagnostics/device manager/display adapter

              5.     Right click the basic adapter – update driver software

              6.     Browse my computer for driver software

              7.     The driver will be in c:/Program Files/Common Files/VMware/Drivers/wddm_video/

              8.     The driver will install, No more Jumpy or slow mouse


              All we are doing is updating the driver to the "VMware SVGA 3D" driver. If you can not find the driver check your directory as there are several VMware direcories. We want the one in Common Files in the program files directory not the Program Files (x86) directory. if the directory is not there reinstall the tools.

              Good Luck

              • 4. Re: Windows Server 2008 R2 Guest very slow
                Travisx2 Lurker

                This completely fixed my issue.


                • 5. Re: Windows Server 2008 R2 Guest very slow
                  gfletcher0913 Lurker

                  Wow! I usually dont like joining forums, but I had t log in just to say this worked for me!


                  Host Hardware: i7, 8GB Ram

                  Host OS: Win 8 Pro 64 bit

                  Guest OS: Win 7 Pro 64 bit

                  VMWare Player 6.0.4


                  Thank you!!!