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Win 2000 Server with 4GB RAM: PerfMon shows Pages/Sec peaking at over 5000, average around 120

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I see from earlier discussion that this kind of symptom tends to come from a badly behaved application. If this is correct, does anyone have ideas how I can track down (and kill mwahahaha!) the offending application?
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I'm fond of Process Explorer:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx 
BTW what's the swap file like?
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ProcExp does not show per-process paging activity in an overview, only in the process image property page.
Better for a quick glance is pmon from Windows 2003 Resource Kit Tools (http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd).
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I'll try that Qlemo, thx.  I just usually notice if somethings going haywire pretty well in PE, will try pmon ASAP tho.
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Thanks guys, I will look at those: need to find a pmon version for Win2K, and will have a play with Process Explorer property pages
cheers
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The 2003 version of pmon should work on 2000, too.
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Sorry guys, I'm having trouble seeing something either in Process Explorer or in pmon that shows me a running graph of Page Faults per Application
Process Explorer gives me a text box showing "Page Fault' information, but no graph over time and I am not sure whether this display is per-process or for the computer as a whole.
ProcessExplorer.jpg
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ah! stupid me, I see on the individual properties of processes I can see page faults PER PROCESS
thank you, will play with this
ProcessExplorerDetail.jpg
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oh wow: found the naughty apps and boy are they busy. Several processes from the same app eachl generating half-a-million page faults!@! email on the way to the application developers. Thanks folks.
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