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Slow HTTP traffic on VMware intranet server

Slow HTTP traffic on VMware intranet server

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We have a 150MB file on our public HTTP web server (hosted offsite) that can download to my desktop in about a minute. The same file also sits on our in-house intranet server (Windows on VMware) but it takes 7 minutes more to download internally via HTTP.

This problem seems limited to HTTP. I can transfer this file between the intranet server and my desktop in a few seconds via FTP. When I am logged in to the VMware machine, I can download this file via HTTP quickly as http://localhost/my150MBfile.zip and as the full network name, http://intranet.ourcompany.com/my150MBfile.zip.

Apache is not configured with any throttling.

Can anyone suggest solutions to improving this slow HTTP traffic? I see some documentation on "traffic shaping" in VMware administration but I don't see where there would be a difference in speed between FTP and HTTP.

I do not administer the VMware but I administer the system running on it. I am asking to help out my colleague that administers VMware.

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