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Hi Experts,

I have a windows server 2008 R2 on it with 16GB of RAM and xeon dual quad core. How do I trace what process is taking the most memory usage? Is it supposed to release the memory after awhile?

After the reboot,  the ram usage go down to 40% and continuous go up to 99% in next 4 days again then freeze up entire the server, I have to hit the power button to reboot the server.

All the processes that I've seen from the 'windows task manager' seem to be the same as after and before rebooted, are there any hidden processes which could use all the memory that I may not know ?

Thanks.
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by:p_alberry
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If the server is configured for remote desktop services, ensure the "show processes for all users" option is checked in task manager, you will probably find multiple instances of applications in RAM.

Hope this helps.
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by:Seth Simmons
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What is the role of this server?
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You can run Procexp.exe from http://live.sysinternals.com/ to get realtime memory usage for all processes. I would also recommend you start a Data Collector Set in Performance Monitor so you can gather memory utilization information over time.
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Task manager now has a performance tab that let's you get some pretty good stuff without having to mess with perfmon.
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by:SJCA
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Seth2740,
It's basically a application server which has an application run on it with ms sql 2005 express.

anantshah,
How do you start a data collector set in performance montor to gather mem utilization overtime?

Thanks.
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by:nobus
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open task manager>processes tab and select "select columns"
now tick the colums you want to verify...
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by:TempDBA
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check for the memory consuming processes. Find out the high memory consuming queries and try tuning them. Check for auto update statistics whether it on or not. Check your setting to be proper in sp_configure
Thre can be lot of reasons. Just try filtering each one out.
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by:johnnytanki
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Task manager or process explorer should do the job.
Open it up, go to Processes tab, select view, select column.
Check on Virtual memory size, Paged pool, Non-pages pool, handle count and Thread count.
Look for any unusual process that keep on rising on number, this should help you to nail down the issue.
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