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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2002

    Angry Unanswered: MSSQL 2000 SP4 Memory Leak

    Greetings all!

    On one of our intranet SQL servers running under Windows 2000 SP 3,
    MSsql 2000 SP4 seems to gradually "eat" away all available memory (with no obvious reason for it) until a certain limit is reached, forcing the server to slow down substantially since the OS has to SWAP continuously.

    I would appreciate any suggestions at this point on how to tackle this problem

    Thank you!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    That is the nature of SQL Server. By default, it will continue to claim available memory that is not being used by applications. It's not a memory leak. Most of this memory is used for data cache, which greatly improves performance. You want SQL Server to have plenty of memory. But you can limit this amout if you view the server properties in enterprise manager.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    on the wrong server
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    if you can afford it, you should have your web and database servers on different machines. I believe you can limit the amount memory sql server consums with the max server memory option in sp_configure but I have never used it
    “If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.

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