Windows Server Core Virtual Memory configuration of the Paging File

Configuring the Paging File on Windows Server Core or Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 can be difficult, as this needs to be done via the command prompt.

  1. To check the current paging file configuration, check the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management or run the following:

    wmic pagefile list /format:list

  2. Turn off automatic paging files

    wmic computersystem where name="%computername%" set AutomaticManagedPagefile=False

  3. Create a new paging file on a separate drive

    wmic.exe pagefileset create name="S:\pagefile.sys"

  4. Manually configure the new paging file

    wmic.exe pagefileset where name="S:\\pagefile.sys" set InitialSize=64509,MaximumSize=65000

  5. Delete the default C:\ drive paging file

    wmic.exe pagefileset where name="C:\\pagefile.sys" delete

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