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How to proceed with "page file usage is above 80%" warning?

I'll preface this with the fact that I am a software developer by trade who has been impressed into the role of server admin. We have a server with Windows Server 2016 with these settings: ...
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Windows: What could be the reason for a "paging file is too small" error even though there is plenty of physical memory available?

In one of our applications, we received an error message indicating "The paging file is too small for this operation to complete" while the application was trying to load a DLL (a .NET ...
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How to set Windows to create a dedicated dump file without having a page file?

According to Microsoft: Computers that are running Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Windows Server usually must have a page file to support a system crash dump. System administrators can now create a ...
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Dedicated dump file - why set the size twice?

According to Microsoft: Computers that are running Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Windows Server usually must have a page file to support a system crash dump. System administrators can now create a ...
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What effect does LPIM have on virtual memory

When LPIM is enabled it prevents paging out to virtual memory which causes pages to remain in ram. My question is: when LockPagesInMemory is enabled is the pagefile still being used some how or should ...
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Virtual Machine, Pagefile Enabled or Dissabled?

I have 4-5 virtual machines running IIS on 2 host's. I know that the page-file must be enabled on the host machine but I'm not sure about the virtual machines. Regardless of IOps consumption my ...
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Windows page file best practices in regards to dump file?

Last night we had a critical server go down. Running Windows 2012R2. It appears to have been a random blue screen but we can't find much in the logs. We do not seem to have a dump file. Investigating, ...
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Windows page file best practices in regards to dump file?

Last night we had a critical server go down. Running Windows 2012R2. It appears to have been a random blue screen but we can't find much in the logs. We do not seem to have a dump file. Investigating, ...
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Is there a way to enable direct i/o in virtualbox when connecting to a raw disk in linux?

I found instructions on how to create a virtual disk for use with virtualbox that points to a raw block device. You can't do it from the ui, but you can do it from the command line: VBoxManage ...
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Pagefile & outofmemory issues on Windows Server

We have a windows server machine with 160GB of physical memory running in a colocation that we use for data analysis. Most analysis are not very memory heavy but from time to time some users trigger ...
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Reduce or remove Windows pagefile to alleviate stress on disks? [closed]

I've read a bit about the strategy applied by Windows to paginate RAM to the pagefile. Apparently, Windows may decide to paginate to disk unused pages from the processes' working set, to ensure that ...
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SQL Server Page File location - where to put it?

There are a lot of recommendations about the sizing of the windows page file. What I am looking for is the correct placement. We are running a MS SQL server on a Server 2012R2 VM with multiple ...
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Azure cloud VM change letter of temporary drive

In azure cloud when you start a windows image the running vm will have a temporary drive D: where the page file is set. Is any way I can call the api (powershel, az cli etc.) and be able to specify ...
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Windows Server 2016 pagefile does not increase

I apologize in advance if this is not clear enough to understand my problem, it's a bit long but I've done my best to make it understandable. I'm running an Exchange 2016 CU6 on a Windows server 2016 ...
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Does disabling "numa interleave" from bios cause memory page-out(when cpu-1 has no free memory left) to hdd on all dual-cpu systems?

For an example system of a dell dual 4114 silver with 24GB per CPU; how would it work if my application allocates 24 GB at once? Should I be concerned about write-life of my SSD because of pagefile ...
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Measuring Only Page Faults That Reach the Disk

I would like to measure "truly" hard page faults, i.e. page faults that result in a disk IO. It looks as if Memory\Page Reads/sec might do the trick, but as was explained in this answer, the page ...
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Performance Counters: Page Reads/sec higher than Disk Reads/sec

Comparing the values for the Windows performance counters Page Reads/sec and Disk Reads/sec I noticed that page reads are consistently higher, which is strange, as it seems that page reads should be a ...
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Windows Page File allocation goes beyond filespace of drive

I have an AWS EC2 Windows host in a very strange situation, and I'm unable to actually determine how this is even possible. Unfortunately, when I try to google or search this topic, all I get are ...
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Nano Server - Move Pagefile

Update: I never found a way to move the pagefile and with Microsoft's pivot to make Nano container only I doubt there will ever be a way to do this. I am trying to move the pagefile on a Windows ...
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Is there a point to having Windows manage the page file size and have a "dedicated" swap drive

On a SQL 2008R2 box we recently had a number of jobs fails for various reasons that were mostly memory related, including one stating the page file was full. The Windows 2008R2 VM had 16GB of RAM and ...
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Page faults with 128GB RAM

I'm running a CPU and memory heavy application for 3D reconstruction (www.3dsurvey.si if relevant) on a AMD opteron server (4CPUs, 12cores each, 128GB RAM). I noticed that the CPU is not utilized as ...
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How can I maximize the memory usage of a single Windows process?

I have a system with a large amount of memory. Right now, to prevent a single application from paging, I've disable the paging file completely. The issue that I'm running into is that I cannot ...
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Strange page file settings behaviour?

We have a Citrix server that struggles with space mainly due to a 32GB page file on a 93GB SSD, this equals the RAM. As a test we to reduce the page file and see if there was any bad side effects. ...
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Available virtual memory size is less then pagefile size

When Windows runs out of memory commit size it starts showing 'Low memory' window and performs slowly. This low-memory warning is not directly related to free physical memory amount. One can have 7Gb ...
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W2K8 Page File usage 99.9% but allocated size ridiculously low

Hello this is a strange issue which we experience on some of our W2K8 servers. Why the heck is currently allocated just 16MB? Performance monitor says it is 99.9% used and out monitoring system ...
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Not enough storage available to complete this operation

I am facing a wierd error whenever I tried to click any mmc like server manger etc its gives this error Not enough storage available to complete this operation Any suggestions how to resolve this...?...
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Windows Pagefile monitoring with Nagios

I have a NAGIOS check that monitors virtual memory on a windows machine, this check returns all the virtual memory used (physical+ max size of the pagefile). This is not what I want, I have tried to ...
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System-managed pagefile uses all available space, allocated physical memory unused

The problem: Something on our virtualized database server is using massive amounts of our pagefile. We noticed it about a week ago when the OS drive went from 30+GB of free space to around 500KB of ...
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What would cause Windows to create temporary paging file?

After recent scheduled reboot when I remote to a server I get the following error message. Windows created a temporary paging file on your computer because of a problem that occurred with your ...
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pagefile and disk space monitoring on server 2012

I have had a server crash recently because of the disk space. Here is what I have: a Hyper-V 2012 server with 1 win 2012 image physical disk is 500GB server uses 800GB It was OK for half a year but ...
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Page file size windows 2008 R2

We are deploying physical windows servers (460c/Gen8/128GB RAM/300GB HDD) if I implement the page file, following the best practice of 1.5 times the ram, its going to take up the complete disk almost, ...
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On a system with 64GB mem the Linux Buffer run full while copying with dd to dev null and io stops till manual drop_caches

I am running a server with linux software raid 10. It is a dual CPU system with 64GB Ram. 2x16GB dimms related to each of the CPUs. I want to use dd to backup kvm virtual machines and run into a ...
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Monitoring and reporting on page faults to determine memory issues

I'm in the process of configuring a performance monitor(s) against all servers in my domain. I'm using WhatsUp Gold 16.2 to send an alert when we reach certain thresholds. I recently read an article ...
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Downside with moving pagefile to different drive

I've been tasked with managing an old Windows 2003 server which will be decommissioned later this year. I just need to keep the server up and running long enough. The space on the server is running ...
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4x PCI-E interface w/SSD

Windows Server 2003 64bit/32GB Ram/78GB HDD I would like to store my server page files on a PCIe SSD in the 4xPCIe slot on my server. The server is a transaction server with high memory requirement ...
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What is System Code Total Bytes

I am trying to use perfmon, and according to MSDN, the "System Code Total Bytes" counter ... Shows the size, in bytes, of pageable operating system code currently in virtual memory. It is a measure ...
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Can the paged pool memory limit can be increased?

We have a windows server 2003 R2 machine, 4GB RAM, 32 bit. The paged pool limit is set to 354 MB. We have been having crashes twice in the last month and it is due to event ID : 2020 - The server was ...
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Windows Pagefile placement

Is it possible to reserve a desired region of a given hard disk drive for placement of the pagefile.sys before enabling the page file on that drive?
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Disabling Server 2003 Wonderware App Server Page File on VMware

There are so many threads on whether you should mess with the page file or not. This scenario describes a unique circumstance that is real world in my production enviornment. The conclusion I've ...
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Clear page file without reboot on Windows Server 2003

Known Problem: Application uses page file but has a memory leak. Of course getting rid of the memory leak would be ideal but as this is an application that is specific to our company and built for us ...
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hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys... rebuilt on boot?

I need to take an image of a drive. I'm working from a bootable CD, so I have the option to decruft before taking the image. The Windows installation on the drive has both hyberfil.sys and pagefile....
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Pagefile.sys sizing

We have a 3 node Hyper-V cluster with each server having 96GB RAM and 2 73GB disks in a RAID 1 for the host machine OS (2008 R2). The last thing we want to happen is for the host to expand the ...
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Setting up a Pagefile and Partition in Server 2008

I am setting up 18 new machines for our company, and I have instructions from my new boss on setting up a Pagefile and Partition. I have looked at their existing machines to base the new setups off of,...
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Apache is not using SWAP and it's reporting page allocation failure

Check the logs: httpd: page allocation failure. order:4, mode:0xd0 Call Trace: [<ffffffff8000f696>] __alloc_pages+0x2ef/0x308 [<ffffffff80017a40>] cache_grow+0x139/0x3c7 [<...
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Why is Windows writing to Page File when I have 4GB of free memory? [closed]

I have 8GB of memory on my machine, running Windows 7 Ultimate x64. I put my laptop to sleep and then woke it up. As it was coming back to life I noticed a lot of activity reads and writes from/to the ...
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High paging file usage, plenty of RAM available

I've got 2 servers running Citrix Presentation Server 4.5.5 on Windows Server 2003 x32 Enterprise Edition SP2 (pae enabled). Once all the users are logged in for the day, the system starts throwing ...
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Performance gains of putting Windows pagefile on separate partition (same disk)?

I am making a drive image that will be deployed to several computers, and I'm tweaking it for performance. It is a Windows XP image. Considering there is only one hard drive, will the machine gain ...
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Safe way to move Pagefile.sys SBS 2008

I would like to move my pagefile.sys from my c: to my d: on SBS 2008 what is the best way for me to do this
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Enable page file on VPS controlled system

I just got a Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit Virtual Private Server (VPS) and found out that the page file was disabled completely. This give me some memory problems where application quit unexpectedly ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 - RAM = 128GB, PageFile = 192GB?

Is there a definitive guide for PageFile size on the latest 64-bit servers with large amounts of RAM? I've seen conflicting recommendations, and am wondering if the latest releases have changed the ...
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