For development and testing, I maintain VMs with various versions of Lotus Notes and I use VMWARE to manage these. Since upgrading to 8.5.1, hoever, my system will freeze for 3-4 minutes and then return as if nothing had happened. It does this often -- but only when running the VMWARE Workstation.
Some more details:
My Host PC is a ThinkPad W500 fully loaded with 2.5Ghz Core2 Duo CPU, 3GB RAM, XP Sp3. and very few apps loaded, namely Notes 8.51 and the latest VMWARE Workstation 6.5.3 Build 185404.
Guest OS is Windows XP SP2, with 1.5GB ram allocated. When we run the VM, we have no apps running on host OS and in the guest PC the only app loaded is Notes 8.5.1 Client and Designer. In other words, before I launch the VM I exit out of Notes on my laptop.
If I open notes 8.5.1 in the guest PC and do nothing after a few minutes the entire system will freeze HOST & GUEST but then, after 3-4 minutes everything will return with no local of place or data - as if nothing were wrong.
I can't say that this is a Notes 8.5.1 issue. It could well be an issue with the current version of VMWARE Workstation. In fact, I would tend to suspect VMWARE as the cause as my entire computer hangs, not just the guest OS session.
Anyway, I thought I would put this out to the blogosphere in the hope that someone who has seen this before might comment and so that others may learn from the comments.
Oh, and one more symptom: From time to time, I will completely lose TCP support on my laptop and Notes will display this error on the status bar of the Notes client (on host).
"Replicator error, the TCP/IP protocol stack reported that it ran out of memory. Consult your network documentation to increase configured memory, or reduce Notes connections by limiting clients (See SERVER_MAXSESSIONS parameter in Notes Admin Guide)" What;s strange is that this error appear on my workstation - not on the server as the error message would suggest...
Could this be an unstable VM? Or, a conflict with VMWARE and ECLIPSE? Or even operator error on my part? (That's been known to happen, too.)