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SQL 2008 sqlserv.exe using using loads of ram

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Hi,
sqlservr.exe on Windows 2008 sbs 64bit running SQL 2008 is constantly maxing out the ram in the server.
There is 16gb installed and sqlservr.exe is using 7.5gb basically all of the free space.

If you restart the service it shrinks then grows again after a day or two.

Please help,

Regards,

Andy

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by:drpoppers
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It alsways does that, SQL will grab every bit of ram it can to hold as much of the DB as possible, unless it's causing problems it should be fine.
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by:actsystems-uk
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It has slowed the server down to a crawl before - is there no way of defining a max amount of ram to be used?
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Raja Jegan R earned 250 total points
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Kindly configure Min and Max Server Memory in SQL Server to allocate RAM for SQL Server.
And do let us know if there is any values already configured over there..
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by:actsystems-uk
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Hi rrjegan17,
I have been into Microsoft SQL Server management studio
right clicked the sql server > properties > Memory
set the maximum server memory (in mb) to 7000

the task manager shows sqlservr.exe at 7.5Gb

Is there another way of setting the min and max?

Regards,

Andy

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by:BrandonGalderisi
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SQL Server will still consume memory for each connection to the server and other things slightly above what you set.  This is normal behavior.
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by:actsystems-uk
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thanks bit of a red herring that one - changed the value to 5gb and now it says 5.5gb in the processes so all sorted.

Thanks for all your help.

Regards,

Andy
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