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Addressing Memory Bottlenecks

If you determine that the memory on the Exchange server is forming a bottleneck, you can implement the following solutions to resolve the situation.

Again, these recommendations are guidelines only. However, they are guidelines that address the most common root causes of memory bottlenecks.

  1. Adding Memory

    Although somewhat simplistic, adding more memory paging stops or occurs minimally can be a quick, effective fix if you are in a crisis situation.

Using Multiple Paging Files

If your disk subsystem supports concurrent I/O requests, using multiple paging files usually improves system performance. Be sure to place the paging file on your fastest hard drive and then experiment with separating Windows 2000's paging file from Exchange's transaction log files.

Removing Unnecessary Services

Disable any unneeded Windows 2000 services, protocols, and device drivers. Even idle components consume some memory and contribute to general system overhead.

The next section discusses performance issues related to your network infrastructure.

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