I wanted to migrate the lab to Windows Server 2008 R2 and found some problems with the video drivers provided with vSphere 4.0. After a quick search at http://kb.vmware.com I found the following KB article: KB1011709. This article mentioned the new WDDM driver:
Troubleshooting SVGA drivers installed with VMware Tools on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 running on ESX 4.0
- You receive a black screen on the virtual machine when using Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 as a guest operating system on ESX 4.0.
- You experience slow mouse performance on Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine.
This issue can occur due to the XPDM (SVGA) driver provided with VMware Tools. This is a legacy Windows driver and is not supported on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 guest operating systems.
To resolve this issue, update to ESX 4.0 Update 1. A new WDDM driver is installed with the updated VMware Tools and is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2.
Note: After a VMware Tools upgrade, the driver files are located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video.
So I installed the wddm_video driver from:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video
Or the VMware SVGA 3d (Microsoft Corporatoin – WDDM) if you like:
But after a reboot the mouse performance was still very slow. So I wanted to change the Hardware acceleration level but this option was greyed out.
So I decided to give the other video drivers a try. You can find these drivers in:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\video
I rolled back the SVGA 3D Graphics Adapter en installed the SVGA II adapter”
after installing the SVGA II Drivers:
I was able to change the Hardware acceleration level to Full:
The mouse performance went back to normal speeds and I was able to control the VM again.
- VMware ESX 4.0 update 1 + wddm_video driver = slow mouse performance
- VMware ESX 4.0 update 2 with latest patches + wddm_video driver = slow mouse performance
- VMware ESX 4.0 update 2 with latest patches + VMware video driver = good mouse performance
- VMware ESX 4.1 with latest patches + wddm_video = good mouse performance
- I also tried to change the video memory to 32 MB and installed the wddm driver after that but it doesn’t solve the slow mouse performance.