Virtualization Station supports the VirtIO interface that is used to boost the I/O performance by accessing hardware directly. Therefore, changing a VM’s network device model to “Virtual Gigabit Ethernet” and installing the VM driver can improve the transmit rate up to 1 Gbps.
Go to the VM information page and click “Virtual Machine Settings”.
Click “Network”, select “Virtual Gigabit Ethernet” in Device Model and then click “Apply”.
Click “Install VM Driver” to insert the driver into the VM.
After entering the VM console, Windows will detect the new network interface.
Select “No, not this time” to manually install the VM driver.
Select “Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)”.
Select “Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install.” and click “Next”.
Click “Have Disk…”.
Click “Browse…” to look for the folder of the VM driver.
Please select the sub-folder “X86” under the XP folder. Please note that this example is used in a 32-bit version of Windows XP. If you are using a 64-bit version, please select “AMD 64”.
Please select “NETKVM” in the X86/AMD 64 folder and click “Open”.
Click “Continue Anyway”.
Click “Finish” to finish installing the VirtIO driver.
Within “Device Manager”, the network adapters will be shown as a “Red Hat VirtIO Ethernet Adapter”.
The speed of the VirtIO Network interface is 1.0 Gbps.