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 From:  "Christopher M. Iarocci" <iarocci at eastendsc dot com>
 To:  Roland Giesler <roland at thegreentree dot za dot net>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] M0n0 on VMWare Server hangs with 100% CPU utilization
 Date:  Sun, 30 Sep 2007 14:46:09 -0400
128M of memory is the minimum requirement these days for m0n0wall.  You 
might want to up it to at least the minimum and test again.  However, 
running a firewall in a VM is probably a bad idea.  I've heard other 
people here having problems doing what you are doing, and yet again 
other people having no problems.  Solutions are not common as far as I 

Roland Giesler wrote:
> I have a VMWare Server 1.0.3 build 44356 that runs on Windows XP.  I
> had wanted to run some Linux distro, but the machine simply refused to
> even load the kernel so I installed XP.  It's an IBM xSeries 200
> server with a PIII 800 MHz processor and about 768MB of RAM.  I can
> load m0n0wall on the box without any problem, but I want to also run a
> spam filter on it, hence VMWare.
> It's runs M0n0wall 1.231 in one VM and ESVA Spam filtering & mail
> stats in another VM.
> XP is on SP2.
> Problem is m0n0wall hangs quite often for no apparent reason.  It
> happens that it runs for a day without problems and then, when it
> freezes, the CPU is at 100% with the m0n0 VM taking all available
> cycles is seems.
> There was an issue like this towards the end of 2006 with an earlier
> version of m0n0wall, but that seems to have been resolved, yet I have
> no idea what to do to fix this.
> Is this a VMWare issue or is is m0n0wall?  The other VM (ESVA) runs
> fine, uses much more RAM and CPU than m0n0wall, yet never freezes,
> which to me seems to point at something thats wrong with m0n0wall.  On
> the other hand I have other m0n0walls running the same version without
> any problem, but none on a VMware VM.  I have changed the amount of
> RAM allocated to the m0n0 VM, and am on 64M at this stage, but none of
> it seems to make a difference.
> Insights, pointers or comments please?
> regards