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  Optimizing Your Servers' Pagefile Performance
Subject:   Performance Tips Without Measurements?
Date:   2004-04-28 18:12:17
From:   samtregar
What good is performance tuning without performance measurement? After reading your article I have no idea if I should bother moving my page file, or if I did how much it would matter where I moved it. How much of the improvement comes just from separating the system directories from the pagefile? How much from having the pagefile alone on a drive? How much from defraging? How much from tuning the drive or buying a fast one?


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  • Other Uses ...
    2007-01-10 10:08:04  tanstaafl [View]

    We are designing an industrial system and would like to avoid rotating media, at least for the OS, which we plan to put on a flash RAM card, which would then be write-protected so that power failures don't affect OS files (this has been the bane of our existence with current systems). To avoid wearing out the card (the number of writes are relatively limited), we thought that we would have to use WinXPE, which was designed to work in embedded systems with limited resources and write-protected OS media.

    Our resources are _not_ limited, however, and we disliked the limitations WinXPE appears to have; we would much prefer to use WinXP Pro instead. If we indeed can move the pagefile to a disk, I'm so excited I could spit. We'll have more to report in a bit.
  • Mitch Tulloch photo Performance Tips Without Measurements?
    2004-04-28 20:00:51  Mitch Tulloch | O'Reilly Author [View]

    Basically the more heavily utilized your server is, the more it's likely to benefit from pagefile optimization. Of course it's impossible to quantify how much performance improvement you'll get from any one action (moving pagefile, defraging, faster drive etc) as this depends also on other variables like what roles your server is playing on your network, what applications are running, what kind of hardware you have etc.