Solved

Page file size for 16GB server?

Posted on 2009-05-04
3
1,209 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi, I'm building a W2k8 x64 server with 16GB of RAM.  Now I know the 1.5 - 3x "rule of thumb" for page file size, and Windows has set it to 16 GB by default with a 24 GB recommended size, but a 16 - 24 GB page file just seems wrong to me.  Do I really want that much data being paged out to a dog slow spindle?  This server will be running MS SQL 2008 as well.

What say yous?
0
Comment
Question by:eugene81
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:v46n
ID: 24299542
no, with that much ram it doesnt make sense to have that large of page file. I have a couple sql servers running 16GB of ram. the page file is set to 2Gb with max of 6. It never goes over 2GB from all of my expierence. You can set the minimum at 2GB and see if it increases, but i doubt it will unless you can somehow really stress the system.
0
 

Author Comment

by:eugene81
ID: 24299667
That's what I thought.  I set it to 5 GB on a separate volume.

Anybody else care to give his/her input?
0
 
LVL 2

Accepted Solution

by:
v46n earned 125 total points
ID: 24299784
I wouldnt even set the minimum that high. The more the page file is available the more windows will tend to use it swapping pages out of physical memory onto the much slower page file,
so having an excessively large page file can be counter productive.
Heres an article from microsoft talking about running perfmon to determine what size you actually need.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889654
0

Featured Post

Are your end users making ugly email signatures?

Have you left it up to your end users to create their own email signatures? Are they forgetting to add the company logo or using garish font colors? Take control and ensure all users have the same email signature.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

OfficeMate Freezes on login or does not load after login credentials are input.
A safe way to clean winsxs folder from your windows server 2008 R2 editions
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to join and promote the first Windows Server 2012 domain controller into an Active Directory environment running on Windows Server 2008. Determine the location of the FSMO roles by lo…
This tutorial will show how to configure a new Backup Exec 2012 server and move an existing database to that server with the use of the BEUtility. Install Backup Exec 2012 on the new server and apply all of the latest hotfixes and service packs. The…

914 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

20 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now