I want to setup a virtual machine running Windows 7, for compilation and development of a native C++ application using Visual Studio. I have 8 GB RAM on the host with an Intel T9600 Dual-Core CPU, running Ubuntu Natty x64. I wish I had a more recent i7, but I don't -- so I need to get the best out of my hardware.
The main bottleneck is the compilation of my C++ application. I am switching from a real Windows 7 installation, the compilation just got slower by about an order of magnitude.
1) Would it improve the compilation times if I used a 64-bit Windows as guest -- at the obvious expense of increased RAM usage? Can anyone point me to a performance evaluation?
2) Are there any settings in the guest that can affect CPU performance?
3) What is faster -- local disk I/O in the guest or networked to the host via Samba?