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sbs 2008 how to limit high memory useage

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  • we have a SBS 2008 being used for AD and file sharing. The server seems to run slow and takes for ever to shutdown and restart.  We have stopped using exchange server 2007 on this server and are going to disable exchange server.

    SBS 2008 keeps allocating all of the 8GB of memory to services, such as store.exe, sqlservr.exe, DataCollectorSvc.exe, w3wp.exe, Edgetransport.exe, can we limit the amount of memory these services use?

    Do we need to have sql server running on this SBS 2008 server or can it be disabled with causing other performance issues?

    Wednesday, May 09, 2012 2:38 AM

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  • Even though you meet the minimum requirements, I have found over numerous servers that the best action here is to add more ram. The minimum ram I install these days is 12 (more commonly 16 Gb). At 10 Gb we found the system stable but lacked performance. At 12 and more, we found things freed up and and were usable.

    You have to remember that servers are built to put all resources into the services and network access for the client machines to get the best performance. Performance at the console is secondary. This is the reverse for workstation software, where the console performance is the priority.  

    You can speed up your shutdown by stopping key services first (like the Exchange AD topology service) before shutting down.

    I think your speed and shutdown issue will dissappear if you dissable the Exchange services. It is a pity you are going to do this as Exchange is a key feature of SBS and hooked into all the wizards.  I can only assume you have Exchange in the cloud (Office 365) or on anther server, regardless, this will free up resources.

    The Exchange store, IIS worker processes and SQL instances take up large chunks of ram. You can tune some (not all) SQL instances to take less ram.  

    The SQL is used for Wsus, Monitoring/Health and Companyweb. 

    Again these are all tightly linked into SBS and the wizards. You can move Companyweb to a premium server with SQL or install the free foundation Sharepoint and put onto a member server. Depends on what investment you have in the companyweb. It is also a bit of work to get it working. 

    I would leave the rest of the instances on SBS. You are better off adding more ram.


    Michael Jenkin (Mickyj) www.mickyj.com (Community website) - SBS MVP (2004 - 2008) *5 times Microsoft MVP award winner *Previously MacWorld Australia contributer *Previously APAC Vice Chairman Culminis (Pro IT User group support system)* APAC chairman GITCA *Director Business Technology Partners, Microsoft Small Business Specialist, SMB150 2012 Member

    Wednesday, May 09, 2012 3:47 AM
  • If EdgeTransport and Store are still running...Exchange is NOT disabled
    Susan Bradley, SBS Diva, has a blog on throttling memory usage on SBS 2008
     

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    we have a SBS 2008 being used for AD and file sharing. The server seems to run slow and takes for ever to shutdown and restart.  We have stopped using exchange server 2007 on this server and are going to disable exchange server.

    SBS 2008 keeps allocating all of the 8GB of memory to services, such as store.exe, sqlservr.exe, DataCollectorSvc.exe, w3wp.exe, Edgetransport.exe, can we limit the amount of memory these services use?

    Do we need to have sql server running on this SBS 2008 server or can it be disabled with causing other performance issues?


    Cris Hanna, Microsoft SBS MVP, Owner-CPU Services, Belleville, IL
    Wednesday, May 09, 2012 3:03 PM
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  • Thanks Chris, I was looking for that link to post.

    Michael Jenkin (Mickyj) www.mickyj.com (Community website) - SBS MVP (2004 - 2008) *5 times Microsoft MVP award winner *Previously MacWorld Australia contributer *Previously APAC Vice Chairman Culminis (Pro IT User group support system)* APAC chairman GITCA *Director Business Technology Partners, Microsoft Small Business Specialist, SMB150 2012 Member

    Wednesday, May 09, 2012 10:41 PM