Windows OS Paging

Tags:
Management
Microsoft Windows
OS
Security
Servers
SQL Server
Generally if an operation in memory takes 1 second it will take approximately 1 month if it requires a page fault. I have a server with 8 GB physical RAM and 18 GB total with page file. My high water mark since the system booted is 2.948 GB. Windows 2003 Server Enterprise edition. Currently the Kernel memory is 60,848 KB total and 45,512 paged. Question - Is there any wat ot force Windows to keep everything in memory and use no paging until the full physical memory is exhausted? It just seems that this would be an intuitive obvious action on the part of the operating system for performance.

Answer Wiki

Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

The link below has the entire article, but here is a quote from the Microsoft Knowledge Base>

When you set up a 32-bit version or a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, a page file is created that is one and a half times the amount of RAM that is installed in the computer provided there is sufficient free space on the system hard disk. However, as more RAM is added to a computer, the need for a page file decreases. If you have enough RAM installed in your computer, you may not require a page file at all, unless one is required by a specific application.

The article is at this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889654/en-us

Note that there is an exception for applications that may require additional page file access.

Discuss This Question: 2  Replies

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when members answer or reply to this question.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
  • jimstell
    Check out, "RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff, " in the Microsoft knowledgebase #555223. It says, among other things, that, "Virtual Memory is always in use, even when the memory required by all running processes does not exceed the amount of RAM installed on the system." Regards, JimS
    30 pointsBadges:
    report
  • Kenmbz
    1) having a paging file bigger than 8GB is useless 2) are you using /3GB or /PAE switch in boot.ini to maximize RAM usage?
    0 pointsBadges:
    report

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

To follow this tag...

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Thanks! We'll email you when relevant content is added and updated.

Following