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SBS2003 Box, Virtural Memory Page file Custom Memory size

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We just had a HP SBS2003 Box installed. My question is., what's the correct & proper virtual Memory Page file Custom Memory size that we can custom set on this box?
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It depends upon all your requirements, but take suggestion from here: http://www.petri.co.il/pagefile_optimization.htm

Faraz H. Khan
Mike ThomasConsultant
Top Expert 2010
I would be inclined to uses a system managed pagefile unless you have a reason to set it manually, if you have a reason to configure a custom pagre file then uses the article posted as it is as comprehensive and as clear as any, but don't do it just because you can and consider adding more RAM if you are running out.

I agree with MojoTech

The default settings will not always be optimum but they are the best that can be done without knowledge of your workload. If you wanted to you could monitor your actual pagefile usage with Performance Monitor and set it accordingly. But in the large majority of cases this is a waste of time.

Don't be deceived by the large value for "PF Usage" in Task Manager. This is really the Commit Charge (essentially potential pagefile usage) not actual pagefile usage. In most cases actual usage will be much lower.

Summary: Unless you have a very specific reason, and you understand what you are doing, leave pagefile settings on default.


So another simple word to put this (solution) is to leave it alone since it doesnt require tuning from custom size on page file setting but just leave at default setting which currently show none!
What I and MojoTech recommended was to use the System Managed setting which is the default.
No pagefile is not recommended except for some very unusual situations.
Do not use the custom setting unless you have a specific reason and you understand the implications.