Virtualization Notes


Notes on making virtual machines run faster inside of VirtualPC/Virtual Server



  • Make sure the VHD and any undo disks are on a different disk than the host OS.

  • If this VM will only be run by VS, use SCSI instead of IDE drives as described here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8D71F23D-0380-4C2F-81DF-6F96ABE05493&displaylang=en

  • Changes to make in the guest OS:


    • Remove temp files/folders/recycled items

    • Turn off System Restore (Control Panel -> System -> Advanced)

    • Tune for performance (My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced)

    • Enable full hardware video acceleration

    • If you are not CPU constrained, use NTFS compression

    • Defrag disk

    • Precompact the disk

  • In VPC/VS, inspect the disk and compact the VHD.

  • Defrag the VHD file

Also check out Dan's great blog post about speeding up XP on a VPC.

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