I have been a Fusion Pro user for many years. I frequently run Debian or Ubuntu 64-bit guests on a MacOS host. Sometimes I run just one VM at a time, other times I run a few. Everything has been pretty great for the past few years ...until either MacOS Mojave or Fusion Pro 11 came along (or both). Now I'm having a really tough time.
I currently have a 2018 MacBook Pro Core i9 with 32GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and Radeon Pro 560X. I also have a 2012 iMac Core i7 with 32GB RAM and Nvidia GTX 680MX. Both run MacOS Mojave (10.14)
My iMac (and previous MacBook Pro) had been running MacOS High Sierra and Fusion Pro 10 for the past few months without issue and my new MacBook only ran Fusion Pro 10 for a few days before Fusion Pro 11 came out. It has been downhill ever since.
Both computers are now running MacOS Mojave with Fusion Pro 11 and my VMs are really hard to work with on both machines. The guests behave otherwise normally unless I let them sit idle for several minutes and then I get the spinning beach ball when trying to interact with them again. It takes anywhere from 30-40 seconds to a few minutes for the VMs to start responding to me again.
Most of the time it takes so long for them to respond that I end up force-quitting Fusion. When I open it back up, the VMs are still running and are responsive again (which I find odd because they aren't resuming; they are just still there running)... until a I let them sit idle again and then it's back to beach ball time.
I have tinkered with the guest RAM and processor settings on several different VMs. I have also tinkered with the sleep and automatic suspend settings on the guests. All to no avail. I have been running VMs like this for years with few to no problems and certainly nothing like this.
I have tried open-vm-tools and the VMWare Tools on different VMs to see if they offered any differences (uninstalling the other each time before switching). They don't help. In previous versions of Fusion I have been using open-vm-tools with great success but now it's buggy (I had to write a script to restart open-vm-tools at login in order to get the screen to resize when dragging by the corners). VMWare Tools hasn't worked for me in a long time and when I tried it again with Fusion Pro 11 I met the same lack of success. It installs fine but my screen won't resize and I can't get an actual full-screen mode to work (with VMWare Tools).
Is anyone else experiencing this slow performance with Fusion Pro 11 and MacOS Mojave combined?
If anyone has any suggestions on how I might fix the problem I'll be incredibly grateful. The situation I've got now has me wondering if I need to try falling back to Fusion Pro 10 or High Sierra. I really don't want to do that.
Thanks, in advance, for any help you can offer.
Message was edited by: ITdojo - corrected a typo.