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I am looking for some documents which analyze whether setting page file size manually (set an initial size and an upper limit) is good or not, and why? Does anyone have any recommended readings?

Setting page file size manually I mean -- change the setting by select my computer -> properties -> advanced -> settings -> advanced -> virtual memory -> total page file size for virtual memory on all drives -> disable letting system automatic manage, and manually set its initial size and upper limit.

thanks in advance, George

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This link from microsoft gives advice on the size of a pagefile for 64-bit versions of windows. The information provided does not say it is for win2k8 but the same things should apply. This document should help get you started.

For what it is worth, on any windows server we setup that is actully going to see a decent amount of use we manually set our pagefile sizes.

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Which link do you mean? – George2 Jun 30 '10 at 16:43
Thanks, question answered! – George2 Jul 1 '10 at 2:02

For Windows Vista/2008/7/2008R2 let Windows set the Page File size automatically unless you have a really good reason to change it. Microsoft has put plenty of man-hours into fine tuning it, they know what they're doing.

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Hi Chris, do you have any document from Microsoft to prove that automatically managed size is preferred? – George2 Jun 30 '10 at 16:44

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