SQL Server 2005 Express SP3 Memory Usage

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SQL Server 2005
SQL Server 2005 Express
SQL Server memory
SQL writer
Upon Startup of my system the sqlwriter process immediately grabs 700mb of RAM and holds it. As I use the SQL Server to do different thing the memory usage grows and causes the memory on my system to decline. The SQL Server never releases the memory and it causes my system to respond slowly. I fear that if left unchecked it might cause the system to freeze.

Software/Hardware used:
SQL Server 2005 Express SP3, Windows XP SP2, 4 GB RAM, Intel Core 2 P8700 2.53 GHz.

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That is the way SQL Server is designed to use. The SQL Server caches as much data from the disk into memory as the data is being used so that it has faster access to it.

If you connect to the SQL Server with Management Studio (regular or Express) and use sp_configure you can set the maximum amount of memory that the SQL Server will be allowed to use.

EXEC sp_configure 'max server memory', 1024
RECONFIGURE

Now with SQL Express you have the upside that it can only use 2 Gigs of RAM, so it won’t be able to use any more than that.

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