varying svn checkout times under virtualized windows server 2016

we’ve set up a new build server using Windows Server 2016 running under ESXi 6.5. few days later devs came back with a complain: full svn checkout time varies a lot – it takes between 1 and 8 minutes.

steps taken that hopefully resolved the issue:

  • disable the icon cache of tortoise svn, then eventually remove it completely and use silksvn
  • disable windows defender
  • convert the vmware disks from think to thick provisioning by inflating them

looks like the last point helped us most in getting the full checkout time to be consistent.

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