Monitoring RAM usage on a Windows 2003 network

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Windows 2003 networking
Windows XP SP3
How do I use performance monitor on a Windows 2003 network? I want to monitor RAM usage across the board on all Windows XP SP3 machines to see who needs to be upgraded. Is there anything that needs to be installed clientside or is it all built into our AD network?

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Also as long as you are using matched modules, most modern day BIOS allow for “dual channel” memory which greatly improves performance, but it must be done using matched pairs of modules. I run 2GB dual channel RAM on all my machines, having reduced them from 3GB which seemed to have had a slow down effect on them.


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Nagios is a great key. If it’s on your PC, Nagios can monitor it. I use Nagios to monitor the RAM on all of our servers. Both the total and the usage.

OH! And, it’s free!

Hope this helps!



Looking back, I thought I should add that to monitor in this capacity, you will need a Nagios server (can be a workstation), as well as the NsClient++ service running on the PCs being monitored.

Hope this helps!


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  • valmsmith
    Is the WinXP SP-3, home or pro edition, 32 or 64 bit? WIndowsXP home can only use 2GB of RAM even though the system MIGHT acknowledge up to about 3GB. If I were tracking your issue I would simply go and install the maximum amount of RAM for each machine. Ram is inexpensive now-a-days, and it would solve all the problem you are addressing here. You also have to remember that the higher quantity of RAM mudules in a system = more power required, and in some cases more RAM will actually cause a system to slow down due to the number of pins the data has to cross going from A to B. I would set the maimum 'available virtual memory' to twice the amount of physical RAM, that should give your network the boost it needs to maintain integrity and performance.
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  • Darkstar911
    Don't mean to be rude, But Valmsmith, Did you even read his question? Your answer is totally irrelevant to his question. Anyhow, you can use performance monitor to monitor the machines on your network.
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