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Posted Monday, February 11, 2013 4:00 AM
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Hi All,

i have a server which has 8 GB of RAM , 3 GHz, which has SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition (64-bit) installed. For every few days the PF Usage of the Server when we check in the task manager it would have reached 6 or 7 GB, i have allocated 2 GB for minimum server memory and maximum server memory as 4 GB in SQL SErver Proerties, Memory tab.

Kindly advice how and what could be done


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Posted Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:11 AM


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Is it just a database server running only SQL Server? PF = Pagefile? Why do you set a maximum? How big are your databases?

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Posted Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:09 AM
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All looks fine. If you're only using 6 or 7GB then you're not experiencing memory pressure?
SQL does use some memory outside & above the 4GB limit you set, other usage will be down to OS, any other applications.
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Posted Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:10 AM
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I have SQL Server (only) and the server configuration is win 2003 64 bit, 3.90 GHz Intel Xeon @ 2.66 GHz 15 GB RAM.

I have set my Memory settings in the SQL Server as Minimum memory to 2 GB and Max Memory to 12 GB. but frequently the PF Usage if i see in the Task Maanger it would have reached 80 to 90% in short time (days). why is that is there any memory settings in SQL server need to be relooked or any other setting to be relooked. please suggest.

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Posted Sunday, February 17, 2013 7:13 AM


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I think you might be misunderstanding what those numbers mean. Please read this entire article including how to monitor the existing and calculate an optimal page file size on Server 2003:

Explanation of Pagefile Usage as reported in the Task Manager


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Posted Friday, February 22, 2013 3:32 AM
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Install virus guard. there is a virus like activity in your system.
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Install virus guard. there is a virus like activity in your system.

Can you please explain your reasoning a bit as to why you think a virus huard might help explain Page File usage?


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