Is VMware Player Faster than VMware Server?

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I've been a VMware Player user since it was first released, but I recently decided to switch to VMware Server when I found out that it supports dual processors and snapshots. To my dismay I frequently experienced mouse lag, slow graphics, and keyboard sticking. Switching back to VMware Player resolved my issues and was noticeably faster. Has anyone else seen a performance difference between the two?

My Experiences

I ran both VMware apps from a laptop running Windows XP Professional and a screen resolution of 1440x900. My processor is a Core Duo. Both Player and Server installations are using the latest versions from VMware's website.

The guest is running Kubuntu Feisty.

My first attempts using VMware Server were without any modification to the guest OS. That was when I first noticed slower performance that what I was used to. My next step was to install VMware Tools. Unfortunately, I didn't see any improvement.

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