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    ESX 4.0 / 2008 R2

    Anyone using 2008 R2 on ESX 4.0, seems the SVGA hangs. Does anyone know if this was fixed in the 208167 build? The os type in settings has changed from 2008 R2 (Experimental) to 2008 R2.

    I've seen the thing about disabling hardware accelaration, but the VM is sooo jerky if i do that.

    Any ideas?

    Conrad

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    Not had any problems with esx4u1.... it also fixes the w7 vSphere client issue.

    In old versions, hardware acceleration is ok, just dont install the vmware svga part of tools (custom install). If you think it jerky, connect to a box with vsphere client via vnc and trying viewing the console... it'll make your normal experience feel super quick!
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    I updated to U1 last night, and it hung again today. But having just read ur post. Me thinks I may have forgotten to upgrade the vm tools.

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    Isn't 2008 r2 only just supported in u1? The latest vmtools should help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyrite View Post
    Isn't 2008 r2 only just supported in u1? The latest vmtools should help.
    Yeah, but official support doesn't stop people using it (myself included).... shame it wasnt patched a little earlier than a u1 update, but there you go.

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    We run windows 2008 R2 VM's on ESX 4 (without u1) and have no problems at all.. All hardware v7 and latest VMware tools.

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    deleted the VM and re-installed today, much better the mouse actually responds even without vm tools installed!!!!!!!!

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    i've just installed R2 on the laptop (on the metal) and noticed how responsive it is in comparison to runing under ESX4.0.

    Laptop is AMD Turion x64 4GB.
    ESX4.0 Box is Dual Quad Core Zeon 16gb.

    Okay its running other workloads but i shut them down, and it is a world of difference running it on the metal and under ESX4.0.

    the laptops faster than it was with windows 7!

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    REMOVE VMWARE TOOLS !!!

    VMWARE has given out details about this issue;

    This issue is caused because the drivers are different for server 2008 R2 as apposed to Server 2008.

    A quick fix for this is to remove vmware tools.

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    have you got a link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep
    Not had any problems with esx4u1.... it also fixes the w7 vSphere client issue.
    It does?

    I updated our ESXi hosts to the U1 release today, and the vCentre server I put in yesterday came with the U1 release - vSphere client on my laptop updated itself the moment I connected to the vCentre server, but still refuses to run properly without that .NET2 workaround in place.

    Could be the vSphere client install on the laptop has been polluted meaning the U1 update doesn't have the desired effects - it doesn't bother me for the moment though so I'll leave it running with the workaround.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCrust View Post
    It does?

    I updated our ESXi hosts to the U1 release today, and the vCentre server I put in yesterday came with the U1 release - vSphere client on my laptop updated itself the moment I connected to the vCentre server, but still refuses to run properly without that .NET2 workaround in place.

    Could be the vSphere client install on the laptop has been polluted meaning the U1 update doesn't have the desired effects - it doesn't bother me for the moment though so I'll leave it running with the workaround.

    I uninstalled it and got rid of the entire workaround files, reinstalled the latest client from vcenter and its ok... using rtm7.

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    No Sorry haven't got a link as i contacted their support by phone.

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    Here is a link to the release notes http://www.vmware.com/support/vspher...rel_notes.html

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    ahem - VMware KB: Disable SVGA drivers installed with VMware Tools on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2

    We found we needed to disable the svga driver or the machine would hang every 5 minutes

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