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This paper provides guidance in obtaining the best possible performance using VMware Workstation 7.0, both in a production environment and when running benchmarks. Though this paper focuses on Workstation 7.0, most of the guidelines presented here also apply to prior versions of Workstation and to VMware Server and VMware Player. The author address configuration of the host, the Workstation software, and the operating systems and applications in the individual virtual machines, including areas in which the best-performing configurations of Workstation virtual machines vary slightly from the configurations of native machines. The paper also includes examples of common pitfalls that can impact performance or affect the accuracy or relevance of the results obtained by benchmarking tests.
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