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Page file size limitations

Posted on 2006-10-26
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Here’s the scenario:

1)      This is a Windows 2000 server and it’s the dedicated Exchange server.
2)      It had 1 GB of RAM and we removed that and installed 4 GB of RAM.
3)      I later noticed some errors in the event log that suggested there were memory utilization problems, like Exchange failing to do some tasks because there was insufficient virtual memory.
4)      I looked into the virtual memory (page file) settings and realized that I had not adjusted this setting to match the newly added RAM.

Here’s what the page file numbers are currently set to:

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C partition (only partition on this server)
Free space: 62748 MB

Initial Size (MB) [1536]
Maximum Size (MB) [3072]

Minimum allowed: 2 MB
Recommended: 5758 MB
Currently allocated: 1536 MB
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When I tried to adjust the numbers, entering 5758 as the initial size and 7000 MB is the maximum size, it wouldn’t let me giving me this message: “Enter a maximum page file size that is greater than or equal to the initial page file size, and less than 4095 MB.”

So, I tried it and I can make smaller numbers work (such as Initial: 3890 / Maximum: 4094) but now I’m wondering if 4095 MB is the largest number you can set for a page file size? Or why is it telling me this? Thanks.
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You can create a larger page file by creating or using another partition. The 4GB limit is for each partition.
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This is the only partition I have to work with. But good to know. Thanks.
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