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How to Windows P2V Using VMware vCenter Converter for Virtualbox

Download and install VMware vCenter Converter for Windows and install it on the physical Windows XP or higher machine to be converted. Run the VMware Converter on the physical host. It will take sometime to run and possibly may create multiple vmdk files. Transfer the converted virtual machine files to the destination host from the external drive. The Windows   7 physical machine is no longer needed. The... read more

How To Allow Multiple Users to use Shared VirtualBox VM on Windows 7

You know how it is, there is one system or even a server that is shared by multiple users and you have a VM running in VirtualBox that it would be nice if you were able to allow others to use it. Well this is possible on Windows and will be described in a manner that will work on Windows 7 and Windows 2008R2. First we will need to create a group called VBOXUSERS and then add the users to have access to... read more

Using the New VirtualBox 4.3 Video Capture Feature

With the release of VirtualBox 4.3 a new Video capture feature was added that will allows you to save high quality videos of the guest OS easily through the VirtualBox Manager GUI. A wonderful addition to allow creation for training, blog posts and much more! To start video capture just click on Devices >Video Capture and to stop the capture click on Devices >Video Capture. But before we start the... read more

Optimal Network Adaptor Settings for VMXNET3 and Windows 2008 R2

There is an ongoing debate between many admins on what are the best settings for the VMXNET3 driver on Windows 2008 R2 settings and I suppose there will be many more. In this postI will attempt to point out some of the options and recommended settings for the VMXNET3 adaptor.  Global Settings Receive Side Scaling (RSS) Receive-Side Scaling (RSS) resolves the single-processor bottleneck by allowing the... read more

Network performance with VMXNET3 on Windows Server 2008 R2

Recently we ran into issues when using the VMXNET3 driver and Windows Server 2008 R2, according to VMWare you may experience issues similar to: •Poor performance •Packet loss •Network latency •Slow data transfer The issue may be caused by Windows TCP Stack offloading the usage of the network interface to the CPU. To resolve this issue, disable the TCP Checksum Offload feature, as well enable  RSS on the... read more

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