I want to set up my development environment for sharepoint 2013 on a VM; my environment specification are as follow:-

• A laptop with windows 7 professional 64x

• The laptop has 670 GB harddisk

• 32 GB of RAM

• VM workstation

During my creation for a new VM I mount an ISO image representing a windows server 2008 data centre to the VM , but it ask me to provide the following:-

  1. Specify the disk capacity , by default it select 40 GB , so should I modify this number?

  2. Then I have to select between these two options ; Store virtual disk as a single file OR to split virtual disk to multiple files. So which option I should use?

Thanks for you e help

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About the disk capacity - you can expand your disk later, by following a procedure described on the VMware support site. Anyway, if space isn't a problem I would just go with an initial capacity of 80-100GB. The point about the disk isn't the capacity, but if you want to pre-allocate the space or grow dynamically. As you can imagine dynamic grow has a little performance loss when compared with a pre-allocated disk, but a pre-allocated disk will eat all the space from the start.

About the single/split file - again it's more a performance factor. AFAIK, splitting the file could have some performance benefit - especially if you can store the files on different disk units. That said, for SP2010 I always use a single pre-allocated file of 80gb, stored on an usb external disk - so you may try something similar for sp2013. Based on the requirement posted by Microsoft, I fear that the main stopper will be the VM ram - followed by disk access. Again, try to move the vm virtualdisk files on a physical hd different from the one your OS runs on.

  • +1 for better understanding fort store virtual disk as a single file and split virtual disk into multiple files. Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 12:58

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