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background: Have a in house app that does heavy video encoding. The service fails from time to time as you can imagine. I have a windows task that will restart the service every 4 hours. However when the task runs; the application service (heavy video encoding app) being restarted fails. Thus giving an error and a manual start becomes required. On second try the service starts like it should until it fails again.

Question: I would like to find a way to add more resources (memory,CPU) on start up to allow the service to start correctly without going back to the developers and getting a rewrite. Is there a way to test this in case I have to take it to the developers and prove my point?

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    is this a dedicated VM you are trying to restart or a service? A service or process will take whatever resources it's allowed to take as requested. The only way to restrict a process is with FSRM – Jim B Sep 1 '15 at 17:23
  • Yes it is a dedicated VM. however there is 4 of them behind a load balancer. I will have a look at FSRM. Thanks, – mikedopp Sep 1 '15 at 17:32
  • if it's a dedicated vm then you are already using all the resources in the VM – Jim B Sep 1 '15 at 19:14
  • agreed. the OS is using the resources available. However I am trying to get a in house or 3rd party windows service more resources. so the VM layer would not matter other than the OS level Virtual hardware. I was hoping to say "mycrappyApp" windows service gets 60% cpu and 80% memory on startup. This is most likely a push to the developer I suppose. Thank you @JimB – mikedopp Sep 2 '15 at 18:02
  • Probably, reducing the available resources is an admin issue, FSRM is that constraint, but if its not calling for it at all- that's a dev issue. – Jim B Sep 2 '15 at 22:54

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