Why mouse movement is laggy in RHEL virtual machines running on vmware?

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Issue

  • Mouse movement is laggy or sluggish in RHEL virtual machines running in a vmware environment.
  • If the mouse is moved onto the desktop, with official vmware tools installed and running (vmtoolsd) the mouse is laggy.
  • When leaving the desktop, the mouse remains trapped on the desktop and does not smoothly switch to host desktop environment.
  • However, same setup with UbuntuServer X/GNOME installed along with VMWare Tools works great.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machines (5 and 6)
  • VMWARE

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