We have a large SharePoint 2010 farm running on VMWare ESX cluster. Based on the hardware underpinning this environment and the given load (which is light), we feel like the servers are responding slower than they should be. No errors or anything like that are happening; it just feels sluggish. This is common across several different application tiers (separate farms on separate hardware/clusters) so we want to investigate our VMWare configuration.
- How do I approach tuning a VMWare environment for SharePoint?
- What sort of things should I investigate first?
- Are there any configuration recommendations for hosting SharePoint on VMWare (either on the VMWare side or SharePoint side) I should be aware of?
I know there is a lot of variation amongst hardware platforms. I am looking for anything specific you may have encountered that could help us improve our VMWare performance.
VMWare version: VMWARE ESX SERVER 4.0.0 Revision: 2.6.18-128.ESX