Disabling virtual memory on Windows Server 2008 R2

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Can I disable virtual memory AKA the swap file on a Windows Server 2008 R2 that is a 64 bit Os with 64 GB of memory?
ASKED: December 28, 2010  2:56 PM
UPDATED: March 3, 2011  12:01 PM

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Yes, you can. It is configured by right click my computer | properties | advanced system settings | advanced tab | performance settings button. Go to the advanced tab and change it here. Not recommended but it can be done.

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  • valmsmith
    Why do you want to disable VM? It certainly sounds as though you have enough physical RAM to do the job without VM, however it is still not recommended. Should you ever get to a point where all the physical RAM is being used at the same time, you could run into some serious problems which might be recoverable by reinstalling the system (which we all know SUX)
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  • Sixball
    Manually configuring your VM is highly discouraged, possible, yes - practical, not really...
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  • Hlx
    You will probably always want to have at least enough swap file to save a small kernal dump in case of a BSOD.
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  • IceCubbe
    Not a best practise, i will recommend keeping the virtual memeory to best practise ratio!
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