Tech: Enabling Intel PRO 1000/MT virtual network card in VMware virtual machines

Richard Garsthagen find a new hack form .vmx configuration files of VMware virtual machines:

So how do we get this Intel Pro 1000/MT card in our VM, well quite simple. Edit your .VMX file and make sure the Ethernet configuration has this line in it:

ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”

Now aware of this change, I was of course curious if there was a performance difference between the vlance and intel pro NIC. Well I am not allowed to publish benchmark tests, but I can tell you there is. But in different scenarios I had different winners. TCP pure network the vlance was faster, UDP pure network the Intel won by far. Doing file copying (so disk and network) the intel won frequent as well…

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