[SATLUG] Remote VMware server console slow

FIRESTORM_v1 firestorm.v1 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 00:55:13 CST 2007

I pretty much concur.  The best solution is to have at least a 10/100
switched network for doing Vmware's server console.  I tried it server wired
to wireless client and wireless server to wired client and it was laggy as
heck.  Moving it to server wired to wired client gave me the best option.

One note on vnc (at least my experience) is that if the vmware session is a
console and not X based, VNC won't always catch the screen update.  Ctrl-Alt
will usually do it but that takes the mouse/kybd from the VM....

Good luck!


On Dec 21, 2007 10:09 AM, Samuel Leon <leon36 at gmail.com> wrote:

> John Pappas wrote:
> > On Dec 21, 2007 12:19 AM, Daniel J. Givens <daniel at rugmonster.org>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Samuel Leon wrote:
> >>> I have been using vmware server under linux for some time now.  I have
> >>> always loaded the virtual os's locally on the server.  Just today I
> >>> decided to try out the remote capabilities of it since after all it is
> >>> vmware "server".  I installed the vmware server client package on a
> >>> remote computer.  I can connect to the server and load an OS with it
> but
> >>> the OS will run horribly slow, both windows and linux guests.  The OS
> >>> with the vmware server client package is debian and the remote host is
> >>> ubuntu 7.10.  I am not sure if this is normal or what.  I am doing
> this
> >>> connection over the internet and have not tried on the local lan yet
> but
> >>> the bandwidth usage of all this does not seem to be more than my
> >>> internet connection can handle.  The resources usage on both the local
> >>> and remote computers are fine.  So is this not what the "vmware server
> >>> client" package is for or is this normal?  I saw a few other people on
> >>> google complaining of the same thing.
> >> I've not used it over a high latency link, but on every LAN I've used
> it
> >> on, it's been very fast. I think latency is the issue here, not your
> >> systems. For your Windows guests, you could look into using RDP. For
> >> graphical environments from your Linux guests, you should check out
> >> freenx.
> >
> >
> > I have 2 reasonably high B/W links (Over 1M both ways) and I have
> noticed
> > that the interface is EXTREMELY sensitive to latency.  The console is
> not
> > designed for WAN use, rather to allow admins access without touching the
> > server (in the case of ESX, there is no default local GUI).  It works
> fine
> > over LAN speeds (Have been using it since they released a "Headless"
> server
> > and remote console), and not so great over WAN.  I have found that you
> > should have only one "Tab" open at a time, otherwise all open tabs try
> to
> > keep up, so the aggregate is slower.
> >
> > Once the system is installed, I agree with the recommended RDP/NX
> > suggestion.
> >
> > HTH,
> > John
> I see, I will try it out on the lan and respond back if I still have
> problems.
> Sam
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