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I was wondering if there is a certain way to decrease the maximum and minimum size of the pagefile.sys. We are running Microsoft 2003 SBS, and currently the use is over 4GB. I just added 2GB of ram which now totals 4GB. I do not believe if I free up 3 of the 4GB being used in the pagefile.sys would matter. Atleast if I knew how to change the mid/max I could test and see.
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You can manage the page file manually by going to Control panel, click the System applet, go to the Advanced tab, click the Settings button under Performance, go to the Advanced tab there, then click on the Change button under Virtual Memory.  Change the settings as desired and click the Set button.

You need to be very careful, however, about limiting the page file settings on a server.  If you set it too low, your server will start to experience page faults and may very well freeze up.  You should  have a minimum of 64MB of page file on the system drive so that the system can do a "mini-dump" if it crashes. However, that's not to say it's OK to have only a 64MB page file.  You can put another page file on a separate partition or physical drive if you have limited space available on the system drive.  AAMOF, MS recommends putting only a minimum page file on the system drive and putting the rest on a separate partition or, preferably, a separate physical drive.  As to size, Microsoft's recommendation is (and has always been, I believe) that you create a page file that is equal to the amount of physical memory x 1.5, up to a maximum of 4095MB.

Hope this helps!
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by:jtruckey
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Thank you for your input. Based on what you say, I think I will wait a bit longer and try to find another solution first.
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There really is no other solution.  That is the only way to manually alter the pagefile.sys file.  Unfortunately, what hypercat said those are the caveats of touching the pagefile.sys.  What are you trying to accomplish by altering the page file size?  Are you running out of disk space?

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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I would be the third vote on that... there is no other way to modify this.  and Michael's follow-up questions are exactly what I was wondering.

Here's the Microsoft KB article, though, that backs up what hypercat suggested:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/197379

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by:jtruckey
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Yes I am running out of room on the hard drive. It is better now that I have turned off the Hibernation and the system logs. That is why I said I would wait. I am just afraid to mess with pagefile.sys at this time.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Well, moving the pagefile poses very little risk to a system, in my opinion.

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Okay, I will do it. Thank you all for your input.

Joe
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Thanks everyone. It al worked fine. I was able to put 1/2 on c drive and 1/2 on d drive which has cleared up a lot of room. I appreciate you help.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Probably not your best way to go about that.  You don't really want to split up the paging file like that.  Instead, put it on the D drive, while leaving just a 200MB one on the C:.

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Correct, that is what the system made me do. I could not split 50/50, so I left the 200mb and worked fine.
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Then yeah! for the system!  :-)

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