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how to move the pagefile to another drive for server 2003???

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we are running server 2003 R2 and we want to regain some space on the "C" drive and we want to move the pagefile off "C" to another drive.  what is the proper way to do this??

i have read the link that is recommended to optimize the "C" drive www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp
 
great link but when i move the page file it does not say if there is anyhting that i need to do or keep anything on "C"
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by:flyingsky
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right click My computer -> Properties ->advanced-> click "setting" in Performance ->advanced tab-> "change" button at the bottom.
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right click on My Computer and select Properties. Click on Advanced then under performance click on Settings. Under Advanced, click on the button "Change" where you see the pagefile on C:, you can set it to 0(but not recommended), and click on the partition where you want to set the page file and set from there.

You should not set 0 on C:, you should set it enough to equal the physical memory size for both min and max. This is required if you ever want to dump a complete memory dum in the event of bluescreen of death.
You should also pick a partition where is less used with enough space to set your additional pagefile.
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awesome.  so if my pagefile "C" is
min 1524
max 3048

and i click on the other drive and click "set" and the the values the same then now the pagefile will be on the other drive with the same values.  what will i see as an increase in drive space on "C"??  will it be immediate??  will i have to reboot??  if i refresh my computer will i see additional space added to "C"??
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You are correct. For pagefile move around D: or P: etc, in Windows server 2003, you don't hvae to reboot. But since the only pagefile on C:, you may have to reboot.
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You need to decrease the pagefile size on C in order to claim those space back. Otherwise, you will just have two pagefiles, one on C and the other on another drive you just set.
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great help so what would i decrease the pagefile on "C" to once i move it to another drive??  what should the min and max be??  the pagefile will be moved for a DC and exchange 2007 server.  are there specific recommendations??
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If you set up enough on the other drive (1.5-3 times of your RAM size), you can reduce pagefile on C to somewhere 50-100M for emergecy use.
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awesome.  so what i am going to do is on the exchange 2007 server
the min is 2046 and the max is 4092.  i am going to move it to another drive and have the smae values.  then i am going to change the values on "C" to min 20 and max 100.  is this fine or is this no good??  awesome help
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sounds good to me.
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wonderful help.  truely wonderful
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