ahodgey, on 18 April 2012 - 11:58, said:
You tried to install the 3 VMs simultaneously? Would imagine you are maxing out the processor. Remember you only have a 1.5 GHz dual core processor in an N40L. I am doing something similar at the moment on my N36L can install a single VM in around 20 minutes. Would try doing one at a time
CPU Use shows being around 40%.
BudMan, on 18 April 2012 - 11:57, said:
So you were doing 3 installs at the same time? Reading the media iso's from the same datastore (I assume) creating the disks for these installs on what datastore?
And you what don't see how there might be a bit of I/O problem with that?
edit: I have got 6 VMs on my little N40L currently -- no installs are not as zippy as you might hope for. But after the install the VMs run great! I keep meaning to get ftp working because uploading the iso's to the datastore is like watching paint dry as well
In my setup I have 1 datastore on the 250GB disk. So the Iso for the install is on this disk, and then the disk I am writing too for the OS is on that same disk, etc. So this is not going to be optimal performance! And as already mentioned what else is running off that datastore drive at the same time your trying to do the installs, etc. etc.. No its not going to be a rocketship
Who told you to try 3 installs at the same time?? If you going to do more than 1 of a specific OS, do it once and create a template to install your other copies from.
ISO(s) was on 8GB SSD
Server 2003 R2 1 (160GB 7200 Maxtor)
Server 2003 R2 2 (250GB 7200 Seagate)
Windows XP SP3 (500GB 7200 Samsung F1)
The SSD should have been able to keep up with installing on three separate drives.
That said, pulling a file over Samba from a completely independent local server only yielded speeds of 9.7MB/s (100Mb) yet should give me the full 1Gbit available to the Server.
yeoo_andy_ni, on 18 April 2012 - 11:55, said:
Depends on the RAM and disk config of the server.
As you're installing the VM on a disk that's not the primary/OS disk, I can't see it being the issue.
RAID array for the 3 disks? Hardware RAID if so?
Any other VM's running at the same time? Possible IO issue?
What about trying one hard disk in the system (with the 8GB ESXi OS drive) and see can you create a VM successfully then. Add an additional disk if it works and check performance. Do the same for the 3rd disk.
Check for physical hardware issues. Try different SATA cables and/or, if possible, different hard disks.
Can't think of anything else at the moment. I take it the ESXi interface performs fine and is as snappy as it needs to be?
All disks are 100% separate (bar sharing the same Mini-SAS). No RAID in use at all here. All VMs running at the same time.
remixedcat, on 18 April 2012 - 11:54, said:
hardware or software RAID?? what are the brand and model of the drives??
No RAID. Listed Above.