Wednesday, January 21, 2009

File Transfer Manager in VMWare = poof

Ok, admittedly, this is an unusual configuration. But in the event you find yourself needing to download ISO images from MSDN in a Windows 2003 OS running in a VMWare virtual machine, beware.


The File Transfer Manager performs a brief file validation at the end of each download. On my virtual Windows 2003 machine, this validation step maxed the CPU and RAM. Within about 5 seconds, my virtual machine locked up and my host machine blue screened--forcing a reboot of the host machine.

That's a serious memory leak.

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