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RE: [Xen-users] Windows guest, swap space, separate disk?

  • To: Brandon Lamb <brandonlamb@xxxxxxxxx>, "xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • From: Nathan Eisenberg <nathan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:23:58 -0700
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  • Thread-topic: [Xen-users] Windows guest, swap space, separate disk?

First and foremost - I believe LVM's are faster than disk images, so if you're 
looking for performance, I would start there.

Best Regards,
Nathan Eisenberg

> -----Original Message-----
> From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:xen-users-
> bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Brandon Lamb
> Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 3:06 PM
> To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [Xen-users] Windows guest, swap space, separate disk?
> Hi hopefully someone can give me a tip or a better google search query
> to run.
> Talking to a guy that has a vmware server setup with 20 guests, all
> xp. He set them up with a 10gig os drive (c) and a separate 5gig disk
> image (d) that he configured a 3500-5000 swap.
> Now my take on this is that since all the disks are on the same
> physical disk anyway, should we just configured a single 15gig disk
> image, configure a 5000-5000 (min/max in windows) swap file for
> windows and be the same?
> He was saying he thought it was better for performance because
> otherwise the swap fragments the C:\ drive. He *claims* to have tried
> this and saw a difference.
> We plan on moving him from this vmware box with a single physical disk
> to xen with a 4 drive raid. I really dont want to screw with 2 or 3 or
> x disk images per virtual machine, management, backups etc. I told him
> i would like to just give him a single 10+swap+extra = say 20gig
> single disk image file to use.
> Comments, input please?
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