I have a physical machine which is runnning XP SP3 with about 3GB RAM, however am also running vmware based virtual machines on it, 4 in total, with 512MB allocated to each. I want to use the pc to do movie conversions as well, but knowing that the convertors usually use memory extensively, can I instead install an OS on another virtual machine to run on the same physical machine for doing the conversion? Will it impact on the performance of the physical machine or on the amount of RAM which I will allocate to that specific vm?
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You can't get something for nothing. If your virtual machine is honking back cpu cycles doing video conversion then there are fewer cycles left for other processes. If you limit the resources available to the virtual machine either by putting a ceiling on available memory or by lowering the priority …
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