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Virtual Machine Performance Tip: Defragmentation


Last week, I posted another Virtual Machine Performance tip on Anti-Malware software and virtual machines, and have another one for you this week. Just like your physical hard drive, disks get defragmented, which can affect performance. Be sure to regularly defragment your virtual hard drives occasionally to keep it running in tip-top shape.

If you are running VMWare Workstation, you can get down to this option by going to Edit virtual machine settings from the Commands window

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Then selecting your virtual hard disk under the Hardware menu, dropping down Utilities, and selecting Defragment as shown below.

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About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for BlueMetal Architects, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 13 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

One Response to Virtual Machine Performance Tip: Defragmentation

  1. Tiberius says:

    IIRC, there are some MS/VMware certified commercial auto defrag utilities for automating this process, isn’t it? Don’t have the link with me, but I remember reading about some of these utilities proactively minimizing the occurrence of fragmentation, and negating the need for frequent defrags. Should be quite useful I think.

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