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In task manager, one of my servers are showing that it is using 8.90 gigs of memory.  Is that unusally high.  If so, what troubleshooting steps can I take to find out why the memory increased like that?
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Not to sound glib, but it really depends.  I have some servers with memory utilization of around 180 GB, mostly because I have SQL Server maintaining a memory footprint of 150GB-180GB regardless of utilization requirements because I want to keep as many extents in physical memory as possible and to avoid paging/soft-faults.  Some useful information would be the purpose of the server, what the memory use baseline is (roughly) and what heavy duty applications may be running on the server consuming memory?  I would look at the active processes on the server to see who the heavy hitters are and see if that is uncommon for the application and investigate accordingly (could be a memory leak, maintenance, high user load, etc.).
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If this is an SQL server , it's not high as SQLserver.exe process, usually grabs all the memory in the server, and then gives it back to the OS, when applications request it.
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