What would be best options to configure virtual appliances. i.e. vmware virtual machine settings for MWG 7.x.
First, i would like to ask about type of networking adapter: is vmxnet3/2 supported by MWG 7? Will I get any performance gain changing adapter type?
What about virtual disk types?
Any other conderations(number of cores per socket, ....)?
thanks for your response. Interesting videos, but really "lite" because it uses vmware player as hypervisor. I would be interested in using advanced ESXi features that I have mentioned and whether I would gain any performance increase with that.
for a general and supported setup you may want to cionsult our Product Guide:
Web Gateway 7.3.1 Product Guide
Requirements for setting up a virtual appliance
To set up a virtual appliance, the following is required:
• One of the following VMware types:
• VMware ESX
• VMware ESXi
VMware Workstation version 5.5 or later is not supported, but can be used for testing purposes.
• Virtual machine host system with the following specifications:
• CPU — 64‑bit capable
• Virtualization extension — VT‑x/AMD‑V
• Virtual machine with the following specifications:
• Memory — 4 GB
• Hard disk space — 200 GB
• CPU cores — 2 (minimum)
Saying that i would have to say that the sizing really depends on your setup, needs, deployment, rule sets, used features (SSL Scanner) and so on. The only thing i would recommend is not to use web cache in a virtual environment which could(!) lead to I/O Performance issues. But as always, there is no general "do not do that" rule.
Network cards: E1000 | VMXNET 3 are supported, say i would suggest to use vmxnet3 cause this drivers onloads a bit more of cpu usage from the VM to the hypervisor.
Disk: BusLogic Controller (recommended) but LSI Logic Controller is also supported. Thin or Thick provisioning? Well, i would always go thin if your storage is capeable of doing the realy I/O work.