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Task Manager and Memory

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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PadawanDBAOperational DBACommented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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