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Virtual environments

Use virtualized environments such as VMWare ESX for production server consolidation, centralized management, or dynamic test environments.

If we use virtual machine in production, take care to not overcommit resources. Because of the extra processing layer, the physical system's memory and CP handling context switching and memory management can start to degrade under heavy use as compared to native installations. Extensive testing is required.

With VMs, try doubling the maximum heap size for portal instances from that of physical machines. When testing, pay attention to any memory paging, both within the virtual machine and in the hypervisor.

Parent: Plan
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