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[Xen-users] Disk Drive performance with Windows7

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  • From: Jason Moore <jason@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:42:02 -0400
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Hi All,

I'm hoping someone can possible point me in a direction to help with poor disk performance.

I have XEN 4.4.0  running on Ubuntu server 14.04.1 with Windows 7 64bit with SP1 within a DomU.

Dom0 has 3 pinned VCPU's and ballooning has been disabled with 2GB of memory locked to it.

I have installed the GPL PV signed drivers version within Windows.

I have virtualization (VT-x) enabled and IOMMU (VT-d) enabled and xen see's it enabled.

I'm having a hard time running a simple MS SQL 2012 database within Windows.  I'm getting all sorts of I/O timeout errors.

The computer has a ASUS P9X79 Pro mother board with the Intel i7-4930K CPU.  The Dom0 is running on it's own hard drive.

I'm running two Western Digital 3TB  Black SATA drives plugged into 6GB/s ports.  These drives have Software RAID 1 running mirrored and the DomU is running within LVM partition on the raid array.  I've tried putting the SQL files on a dedicated drive with no raid or lvm and still the same results.

Any ideas to improve throughput or so I don't get SQL error # 833 (i/o timeouts) within windows?

Thanks so much.

Here's my config for the DomU
memory = 24672
vcpus = 9

# Should be at least 2KB per MB of domain memory, plus a few MB per vcpu.
shadow_memory = 10
name = "iaisync01new"

vif = [ 'bridge=xenbr0, model=e1000, mac=00:16:3E:4F:1A:35' ]
acpi = 1
apic = 1
disk = [ 'phy:/dev/vg0/iaisync01_new,xvda,w', 'phy:/dev/vg0/iaisync01_datanew,xvdb,w', 'phy:/dev/sdd1,xvdc,w' ]

# boot on floppy (a), hard disk (c) or CD-ROM (d)
# default: hard disk, cd-rom, floppy


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