It's always that little thing that throws you off...

Update on the VMware experiments:

I was having a hard time with the performance of VMware on my laptop running Windows XP. As I typed my commands in the terminal window, I would see the letters slowly appear while my hard drive spun away. Booting the Solaris x86 was also a very slow process - like a three year old copy of Windows 95 on your old desktop. FTPing from the solaris was 136 kb/sec compared to 784 kb/sec on the Windows OS. What the heck was going on?

I was already envisioning some cryptic configuration files that I would need to edit, setting some parameter to "true", or attributing some numerical value to some variable like Ne_x23_avw=235. Luckily for me, I didn't spend too much time twirling the knobs around. The problem? I seemed to have forgotten about my trusty Symantec antivirus software. Seems like each IO activity from the Solaris x86 process was being monitored by the real time protection of Symantec. Solution? Create exclusion filters for extensions VMEM and VMDK. This worked like a charm for me. Sure, I still get annoying things like "lsss" or "pwddd" when I swear I am typing in short staccato keystrokes. But it does happen a lot less now

I gleaned the above bit of information from two sites: how to get more virtualization performance enhancements and to set exclusion filters. The latter article doesn't exactly fit the shoe, but it gives you the right menu header to hit to enter the exclusion extensions.
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