I am often frustrated when I deploy machines using VMware. Not because it is VMware, but because it is so slow when using the console. By coincidence I found out that VMware actually has WDDM drivers installed/copied during VMware tools installation. So this led me to investigate if these drivers could speed things up in the VMware console. The drivers I am talking about is located in C:Program FilesCommon FilesVMwareDriverswddm_video, after VMware tools is installed (of course). After I found these drivers I tried to enable them on a running VM with 2008R2 installed, and the difference was “breath taking”. Here are the steps I used to change the display driver to the new one.
Just boot the client/server and the mouse speed on the VMware console should be really fast.
It is actually fun to have an RDP to your virtual center or management station and using VSphere client to manage the servers now.
It is a bit strange that this driver does not install automatically with VMware tools. But then, who cares as long as we know how to speed things up? Perhaps there is a issue here that I do not see at the moment.
Now let’s go into the interesting part. Can we speed up Windows PE by injecting this driver there? And the answer is yes (not perfect speed, but a lot better) .The high level steps is:
Copy the driver from a running VM with VMware tools installed. ( “ C:Program FilesCommon FilesVMwareDriverswddm_video “) to your System Center Configuration Manager Source Directory.
Then answer yes to update your boot image. This method is slightly different in CM12, but the result is the same. (faster VMware console)
Enjoy your increased speed on the console when deploying using VMware console. I hope this makes you as happy as it did me, when I found this out.
The driver is installed automatically to Windows 7 when you install VMware tools. So the procedure to change driver is only necessary on Server OS.