Server 2012R2 Page File Size

Posted on 2013-12-18
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I have seen a lot of articles and a lot of talk about this, but nothing that seems like it is a definitive answer.

How big should the page file be on a server with a decent amount of RAM.  Lets say 32GB for example.

Some say it should be 32GB x 1.5
Some say it should be 32GB + 256MB
Some say it should be 4-6 GB
Some say let Windows manage it (Not an option)

There are also articles stating there is a MAXIMUM page file size, although it does not appear that Windows restricts this.

Is there an official answer?  Is there a best practice for 2012 R2?  Up until now we have all been going with the same that was recommended by MS, 1.5 times the RAM size.
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I'm with NR, but take a look at Microsoft documentation to see if it helps you in your specific setup:

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That is what we have been doing as well.  We always put it on a non-system drive and size it at 1.5 times RAM, other than on huge servers.  There we typically go with a 1-1 size.


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Same articles I had found.  Unfortunately there is a conflict between what MS has on their blogs, and what their OS is reccommending.  

I believe the use of the dedicated dump file may be behind this, but I am still investigating.

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