How to maximize mp windows 2003 sp2 guest

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How to maximize mp windows 2003 sp2 guest

Postby gbulfon » 22. Feb 2011, 11:29

Hi, I have a win2003 sp2 guest running on a Solaris 10 5/09 s10x_u7wos_08 X86, with Virtual Box 3.2.6.
The system is an X serie Sun server with 8 cores, 8GB RAM.

I had it running with a single cpu for some months, then I wanted to switch to 4 cpus + ioapic.
To do this, after enabling the switches on the guest, I had to start again from win CD and run a recovery, to have windows install the mp kernel.
Then I reinstalled service packs.
Everything went fine, I got my cpus visibile.

But, I did not find any improvement, the machine is sometimes very slow compared to a native system with similar hardware.
Can someone suggest specific switches to make the guest faster?

Thanks for any help,
Gabriele

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Name:            office.goppioncaffe.it
Guest OS:        Windows 2003
UUID:            a7680bd6-2047-4ea4-9fd8-f67f4d3511db
Config file:     /.VirtualBox/Machines/office.goppioncaffe.it/office.goppioncaffe.it.xml
Hardware UUID:   a7680bd6-2047-4ea4-9fd8-f67f4d3511db
Memory size:     4096MB
Page Fusion:     off
VRAM size:       128MB
HPET:            off
Number of CPUs:  4
Synthetic Cpu:   off
CPUID overrides: None
Boot menu mode:  message and menu
Boot Device (1): DVD
Boot Device (2): HardDisk
Boot Device (3): HardDisk
Boot Device (4): Not Assigned
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RTC:             local time
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3D Acceleration: off
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Teleporter Port: 0
Teleporter Address:
Teleporter Password:
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IDE Controller (1, 1): /goppion/iso/win2003server.iso (UUID: de5751e9-773c-4e4d-90f6-0308c90176e9)
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NIC 4:           disabled
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NIC 8:           disabled
Pointing Device: PS/2 Mouse
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Shared folders:  <none>

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Re: How to maximize mp windows 2003 sp2 guest

Postby Sasquatch » 22. Feb 2011, 22:46

The slowness is usually a result of the 'upgrade' to the multi-processor kernel. A completely new, fresh installation with MP set and enabled should provide better results.
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Re: How to maximize mp windows 2003 sp2 guest

Postby gbulfon » 24. Feb 2011, 11:18

Really?? What is the reason for this? It's a madness to reinstall everything, expecially some software not managed by me...

Also, even though I can see 4 cores in the Windows Task Manager, the impression is that all the processor are having the same utilizations, as if they're just one...
How can it be?
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Re: How to maximize mp windows 2003 sp2 guest

Postby Sasquatch » 26. Feb 2011, 17:31

Windows issue. It just doesn't scale that well when you have a multi-core CPU, give one to the VM and then give another one after the OS is already installed. To get the best performance back without a reinstall, is disabling SMP and go back to one core.
Read the Forum Posting Guide before opening a topic.
VirtualBox FAQ: Check this before asking questions.
Online User Manual: A must read if you want to know what we're talking about.
Howto: Install Linux Guest Additions
Howto: Use Shared Folders on Linux Guest
See the Tutorials and FAQ section at the top of the Forum for more guides.
Try searching the forums first with Google and add the site filter for this forum.
E.g. install guest additions site:forums.virtualbox.org

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