VMWare::ESX::CPU Percent Ready
Good discussion about what this means and how to optimize CPU performance.
"%Ready = Percent of time there is work to be done, and no physical CPU to do it on.
One rule of thumb that I use (saw it here some time ago) is that up to 5% Ready is OK, even normal; anything between 5% and 10%, best keep an eye on the VM and the host. Over 10% (for extended periods) you best be planning on taking some action.
One thing to keep in mind, if the VM is assigned multiple CPUs, they must both be scheduled on physical CPUs/cores simultaniously. This can cause you some headache (voice of experience here.) If only one CPU has work, both need to be scheduled, which is harder to do, and can take longer, increasing %Ready, response time, and reducing resources for other VMs."
"If you change from a multi-processor system to a uni-processor system you need to manually change the HAL on the Windows server after the conversion. To do this go into Device Manager after the machine first boots and discovers it's new hardware and then click on Computer then right-click on the processor and select Update Driver. Then select Install from specific location and then Don't search I will choose the driver to install. Then select show All compatible hardware and select the appropriate processor. For example, if you went from a dual cpu to a single cpu then select ACPI uni-processor PC instead of ACPI multi-processor PC. You will need to reboot once you change this. To verify what HAL you are using you right-click your hal.dll in c:\windows\system32 and select the Version tab and select Internal Name and it should say halmacpi.dll for multi-processor acpi and halacpi.dll for uni-processor acpi.
Next clean up all the non-present hardware after the P2V conversion. To do this go to a CMD prompt and type SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1 and then DEVMGMT.MSC and then select Show Hidden Devices. Delete any old grayed out hardware.
Next remove any vendor specific applications/drivers. For example on a HP server you should go to Add/Remove programs and remove any HP management agents, survey utility, array config utility, version control agent, etc. Also check your NIC and make sure there are no vendor specific drivers there (ie. teaming). Check the Services to see if all there is anything vendor specific related there and disable any services that are. "