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Hello I am running a Server 2003 server. I keep getting error messages saying to "increase page file size" When I looked in task manager for culprits I got mad.exe is using over 1G of virtual memory and over 100M of physical memory.

What could be causing such extreme usages of memory. Also, I've heard there was Norton problems with mad.exe, but we do not have Norton installed on the server.

Also, this server is very low usage. It is only used as a SVN and development database server.

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If that's an Exchange server, then mad.exe is a perfectly legitimate process; it shouldn't be using that much memory, sure, but at least it really should be there.

If that's not an Exchange server, then you definitely have something to worry about...

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It's an old server. I know it's not currently functioning as one, but maybe it was setup with Exchange before I came on. I'll check. – Earlz Dec 16 '09 at 20:42
Ok, exchange is setup, but the service is disabled. – Earlz Dec 16 '09 at 20:44
mad.exe is the executable for the Exchange System Attendant service; is it disabled? – Massimo Dec 16 '09 at 20:47
Actually POP3 and IMAP is disabled for serving, so I'm not sure why that service is even running.. I stopped it now no more high memory usage – Earlz Dec 16 '09 at 21:02
I'm anyway quite surprised, mad.exe usually doesn't take up that much memory; that would be normal for the Exchange database engine ("store.exe"), not for the System Attendant. – Massimo Dec 16 '09 at 21:14

Mad.exe is the Exchange System Attendant. Is that service stopped?

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