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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--8/10/00

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A network administrator passes along this puzzle. He's baffled, because he hasn't seen any improvement in performance on his five-user Windows 2000 network after increasing server RAM from 64MB to 128MB. That should be plenty of memory for such a small network, but he isn't seeing the performance gains he expected; in fact, his network seems to be running slower than before. How can this TechRepublic member figure out where his memory is being used up? Are Windows 2000's performance monitoring tools enough, or should he invest in third-party tools?

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by mferrel In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

IMHO 128MB is the recommend amount of memory for W2k Pro standard user. That pops to 256MB if they are working in graphics or with engineering software. 256MB is also my minimum for a W2k server. At 64MB I'm surprized info acces wasn't equated toparallel ZIP access! Obviouslt other things are also dependant as pagefile and just what is running on top of server. In nearly all cases $ spent on RAM beats $ spent on CPU!

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by moshker In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I agree that he should do some monitoring to determine where his bottleneck is. There are also utilities for benchmarking and diagnosing memory specifically. Check out http://tucows.com and http://wintune.winmag.com/. Fragmentation might be a problem, but he should also make sure that all the hardware he is using is on the compatibility list (www.microsot.com/hcl). Also, what chipset is he running? Older tx, and lx chipsets run no faster with 128 mb than they do with 64 mb because of a caching limitation among other things.

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