I was reading your definition of a "swap file" and the fact that it uses virtual (disc) memory to move the contents of physical memory to the virtual memory.
I have a system I am working with that is a proprietary NT-4 system and one of its security related settings allows you to "clear the swap file on shutdown". Any ideas why I would want to clear the contents of the swap file on a shutdown (from a security perspective)?
Many people who are highly security-conscious would want the swapfile to be cleared at shutdown to prevent someone from obtaining the file and analyzing it for possible sensitive information. This doesn't just include passwords stored in plaintext, but pieces of documents or other human-readable data could be found there and exploited. On systems where security isn't that big a consideration, this option has little benefit and it slows down the shutdown process enormously.
Dig Deeper on Windows Server storage management
Related Q&A from Serdar Yegulalp
This week, our expert answers the question of how to get DVD data off a disc, even if the user's PC doesn't have an optical drive. Continue Reading
This week, our expert answers a question on how to connect a phone or tablet to a USB drive with a micro-USB connector. Continue Reading
Open source and free suites such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice could save organizations money, but not effort in comparison with Microsoft Office. Continue Reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.