Those of us needing to run BI software in virtual environments are well familiar with the challenges of getting things running smoothly, especially if you are using a laptop as your lab or demo environment. We have a new set of challenges with Windows 7, and with SharePoint 2010.
- Use a fast disk – I was using a 7200 RPM eSATA external drive – faster than the 5400 disk commonly found on laptops. Now I am using an SSD drive- even better.
- Store the VHD in a compressed folder. This one struck me as counter-intuitive but anecdotally seems to work.