After moving to VMWare Workstation 7.0 using Windows 7 64 bit as the host OS, the one remaining problem I had was the inability to backup/sync my iPhone in a VMDK virtual machine. After opening a problem with VMWare and spending many hours testing various tests with VMWare the problem has resolved to being a problem with the iPhone firmware. It appears that a corruption problem can occur when moving the iPhone firmware from version 2 to version 3. The symptom of the problem is extreme slowness when backing up one's iPhone.
For me, the extreme slowness in backing up/syncing the iPhone showed up as the complete inability to backup/sync my iPhone within a VMDK virtual machine. The iPhone backup/sync would come to a complete halt for some reason.
To resolve the iPhone corruption problem, I removed all of my free iPhone applications, which number 20-30 such applications (I am too cheap to actually purchase many iPhone apps). I then conduct a hard reset on the iPhone, after which I reinstall all of the 20-30 applications. At this point, my iPhone backup runs in only about 5 minutes, which was taking over 2 hours with the iPhone corruption problem.
Working with VMWare on this problem was frustrating at times, however they did provide excellent support, even though the problem is with the iPhone.
Using VMWare for my virtual machine support along with a Windows 7 64 bit host OS has been an excellent combination.
My 8gb is on the way via UPS from California. As you know from my prior blog posts the 8gb is part of the master plan in moving to a 64 bit host OS. I should see some improved performance, especially when executing multiple concurrent virtual machines.