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During performance monitoring I see a linear increase in the "System Driver Total Bytes". Is this an issue or can I ignore this?
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It is at least unusual, since that value indicates "the size, in bytes, of pageable virtual memory currently being used by device drivers." (http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/552aeaad-c8c9-45a8-b536-17bde655f7cb1033.mspx). That value should not increase continuously.
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BTW, see also http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555223 ("RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff")
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Most likely it does not indicate a problem.  Monitor it for a while and see if it plateaus and remains fixed at a certain level once the system has been up and running for a while.  

The system will swap out unused binaries as the system stabilises into its normal usage pattern.   At this time, the VM used by device drivers, and other processes, should be more or less stable and will change only when new applications are started or running applications are shut down.

If the counter continues to increase untill you run out of memory then it would indicate a memory leak in one of your device drivers - unless you have some strange 3rd party driver that is very poorly written this is unlikely.
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