I had a read on https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/SharePoint_2010-Best-Practices-Guide.pdf and there are some statements like (page 10)
"Allocate the minimum requirement for production virtual machines based on Microsoft guidelines, the role of the virtual machine, and the size of the environment."
"SharePoint 2010 minimum processor requirements recommended by Microsoft may be excessive in some environments. For this reason, VMware recommends reducing the number of virtual CPUs if monitoring of the actual workload shows that the virtual machine is not benefitting from the increased virtual CPUs."
Then again on page 38 "Note the new SharePoint 2010 minimum requirements, for example, all server roles are now required to have at least four 64-bit processor cores (or vCPUs)."
So when they say that Microsoft guidelines could be excessive does that imply for anything above the minimum requirements (four cores) or do they mean that go down to 2-3 cores would be OK if the response time is OK?
Thanks in advance.