Page File Usage unusually high

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Doobiedar, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. Doobiedar

    Doobiedar Guest

    Hi There,

    I'm running a SBS 2003 server with 512MB RAM and P4 3.0GHz CPU.

    CPU usage is normally under 10%, but PF Usage is around 1.64GB. I recently
    increased the page file size to see if that would make any difference... but
    it hasn't!

    No processes are taking much memory (store is around 20MB and that is the

    Is there any way of "flushing"/cleaning etc. the PF because the performance
    of the server is now TERRIBLE!!

    Major programs installed:
    Vertias BackupExec 10d
    Trend Micro CSM Suite

    Free space on C drive is 11.4GB

    Does anyone have any ideas how I can fix this problem?
    Doobiedar, Jul 4, 2006
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  2. I just don't get this. Why do you think increasing the size of the paging
    file would decrease it's usage?

    For pity's sake, put more RAM in the box. 1GB is considered (by everyone but
    MS's 'System requirement' propogandists) a BARE MINIMUM for a fully
    functional SBS. 2GB is more comfortable. Personally I think 3GB or more is
    mostly only required by larger SBS networks which have both heavy Exchange
    and SQL (or it's derivatives, MSDE/WMSDE) implementations.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jul 4, 2006
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  3. Doobiedar:

    I agree with SuperGumby that an SBS server (at least one in production,
    used for real work) should have at least 1GB of real memory. A 512MB
    SBS is never going to have great performance. At best, it might be
    "adequate" (barely) for a VERY small installation.

    That said, if you want to diagnose this a bit more:

    You say no processes are taking much memory. Are you using Task Manager
    to check this and, if so, are you looking at the "Mem Usage" column? If
    so, use View | Select Columns to add Virtual Memory Size. Then, see
    which process(es) are using large amounts of virtual memory. Those are
    the ones you need to concentrate on. I have seen cases where the SQL
    Server instance that supports performance monitoring uses a lot of VM.
    On a PC (but not on an SBS) I have also seen antivirus software grab a
    huge amount of VM.

    -- Owen Williams (SBS MVP)
    Owen Williams, Jul 4, 2006
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