virtualization review *updated
maybe i should create a new thread for this. but anyway..... since i'm testing virtual station, i may as well post my updated experience here.
right now i'm still short of ram, so i'm setting up a windows 10 32bit which i believe can use 2gb ram max? i'm only allocating 1gb ish for now.
I'm expecting new ram to arrive to boost me up to 16gb (8gb x 2 dual channel). When that arrives i can re-do the vm to 64bit then allocate 8gb for vm, and 8gb for the QNAP.
on the QNAP my ram usage tends to fluctuate between 4-6gb, so that should be fine for my qnap use, leaving the rest for vm.
normally i prefer having 16gb on a pc desktop system, but i'm not planning to do too many things on VM at once, so 8gb should be alright.
so anyway, to increase your hdd performance, do the VIRTIO optimization.
after virtio optimization
as you can see, virtio is worth using because of the performance increase. You are most likely not going to achieve bare metal performance (meaning non vm performance), but you can at least get closer to it, at least compared to not using virtio.
this is the virtio setup guide
Few things i did differently compared to last time i was setting up QTS virtual station.
1. i use SSD for QTS now. 2 x 256gb m.2 SSD ( 2 x 500gb would have been better
2. installed the VM on a static volume SSD (this is an old intel x25m SSD, but it's still better than a HDD, although it's been far surpassed by much newer ssds since)
3. tested on QTS 4.3.6. virtual station has come a long way since last time i tested. bugs get ironed out etc.
So anyway, i followed the guide to install win10 VM
The loading of the win10 image was a bit slow. But later on after i set everything up and decided later to redo it, i deleted the win10 VM and started over. the 2nd time i tried, things were much faster. I'm not sure why exactly. Only thing i did different was create a DVD rom (IDE) and inserted the win10 img to install from.
pretty happy with the responsiveness of the vm 10 via RDP (which was better than i expected).
I'll test the graphics later when i install more ram. GPU pass through requires more than assigning 1gb ram to use it.