Slow mouse performance Windows Server 2012 VM

Slow mouse ? Windows Server 2012 RDP ?

Recently we deployed some Windows 2012 server VM’s. Somehow I noticed that in the console but also RDP the mouse lags and is slow. Apparently I’m some one who notices this pretty quick, after a quick check I saw VMware tools where installed properly, correct drivers are loaded so this shouldn’t cause the problem.

After a little google search I found a blog with a simple solution we probably forgot while deploying the 2012 machines. It was just the little mouse pointer shadow :S

How do I turn this off ?

Go to the “control panel” and open “System”

Open “Advanced system settings and then click the “Settings” button at the performance field. In the tab “Visual effects” you see an option “Show shadows under mouse pointer”. After disabling this, the performance of the mouse was back to normal again.

I also decided to set the settings to “Adjust for best performance” because this will decrease any other almost not noticable lag 🙂

Performace Analysis of Logs (PAL)

With my previous post about PolyMonRT I also would like to share PAL with you.

PAL is a  performance analyzer which analyzes your perfmon tracing with the Best Practice Treshholds from Microsoft for most of their products.

With the help of a easy GUI you can simply select your performance log and start the analyzing.
When the analyzing finished it’s reported in a nice colored HTML view which shows your warning and critical points you could review to let your machine perform better 🙂

Required Products (free and public):
– PowerShell v2.0 or greater.
– Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
– Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5



I have been working on some perfmon counter knowledge and came across something I would like to share. If you know what kind of things to measure you can visualize this with PolyMonRT or PolyMon. Yes there are some other products available which look better, but this one is free.

It’s highly customizable so you can get out whatever you want.