Pagefiles, or swap files, cause real problems for many systems administrators. Placed on the boot partition or data partitions, they quickly fragment, slowing performance. It's tempting to use a fixed size swap file, but this can sometimes result in a sluggish server busily swapping out memory pages for no good reason.
When building a server, an administrator should leave enough empty disk space to create a separate volume for the...
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swap file. With no other files, this can be a dynamic pagefile, shrinking and growing as needed. If crash log analysis is important, a small fixed size swap file on the boot partition can be added by the admin.
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