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Memory hot-plugging on VMWare - reliability and alternatives

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12


For the above SLES server versions, running as virtual machines on VMware vSphere, the "memory hot-plugging" feature is not consistently and reliably adding additional memory on the fly.  

The SLES server has the prerequisites correctly installed:
  • a current vmtools RPM installed on the server
  • acpiphp
  • acpi_memhotplug


While memory hot-plugging is getting better, it's still not completely reliable. Therefore, it is recommended to use memory ballooning (instead of hot-plugging).  Memory ballooning has worked well for quite some time.


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  • Document ID:7016096
  • Creation Date: 23-Jan-2015
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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