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Hi All,
I have noticed that on my Windows 2003 server that the Winlogon size continues to grow form about 4.9 MB of memory to 150 mb of memory.  A restart seems to bring the size of the file back down.  Any ideas as to why this could be happening?  Is there another way to reduce the amount of memory it is using without rebooting?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Scott
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Yes, but it's a band-aid...
Use empty (from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&DisplayLang=en) against winlogon and it should reset it.

You'll probably need to use perfmon to determine why the process is going out of control.
Is this being used as a term server?

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No,
Actually is is just running a .net remoting server manager.  The server is not used for anything else.  The server manager talks to MAS90 and SQL Server
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Odd - sounds like someone is trying to remote into it if winlogon is getting blown up like that...do you have remote desktop enabled?

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Yes,
We use it to remotely administer the desktop.

Scott
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Alrighty then...so, how is it setup?
You have the potential to have up to 3 sessions in use at a time...are users logging on and off frequently?
Are the sessions being left open?
Do you have a disconnect idle timer?

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SirBounty,
What is the utility empty going to do?

Scott

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Sessions that are disconneted are automatically logged off after 1 hour.  But only one session would be connected at a time.  The server rarely needs to be administered.  It is pretty self sufficient with the exception of this issue.

Scott
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empty resets the memory usage for that process...

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Then is Microsoft saying that this is a known issue for the process that they just can fix?  Or is it a bandaid to resolve a problem that should not be happeing?

Scott
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The second statement.
Empty is not meant to be a complete solution - but until you find a 'fix' - it's better than rebooting the server for this purpose alone...

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What is the best way to find the fix?

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Sirbounty,
Thanks for the information.  I rebooted the server Wednesday night and the Winlogin process has not gone over 4.2 mb of memory... Will keep an eye on it.

Scott
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Best of luck to you Scott.
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