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non-paged pool memory vmware

Hi,

There's a virtual machine that is running windows server 2003 sp2 that has been assigned one cpu and 1 gb of ram - the virtual machine is quite old.  VMware tools is saying that it could be upgraded

So recently they are getting non-paged pool memory issues that stops a key application from functioning.

My research points to driver issues and so forth, would upgrading the virtual machine hardware and vmware tools be a possible solution?

Maybe allocating more processors and RAM?
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cmatchett
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Tools upgrades *SHOULD* always be at the Top of the list, when you update your ESXi hosts, which will have a new version of VMware Tools.

VMware Tools is prone to memory leaks!

Virtual Machine Hardware *will* only enable new features for the VM, on the Host, which are probably too old for Windows 2003 to take advantage off.

So, update VMware Tools, but I would leave the virtual machine version at v4 or v7.

We have found recently, that the stability of Windows 2003 is affected by Security Updates....so we have started to carefully control which and what security updates are applied to Windows 2003 Server, this also includes IE and .NET updates.
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cmatchettAuthor Commented:
There was a recommendation put forward to just upgrade the server.

This is a 32-bit version of Server 2003, so we would have to re-install everything on a new server 2008 r2 / 2012 vm..

First move is vmware tools.  I thought the number of processors might have an impact on non-paged pool memory?
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