Exchange 2010 limit memory usage

Hello all,

Exchange 2010 is designed to use as much memory as possible for performance optimization. As long as Exchange 2010 is running on it’s own, there’s no problem with that.
But some times there are more then one application working on the same machine and need to share the memory usage.

To avoid this problem, you can limit the amount of memory Exchange is using. Start by opening ADSIedit – either click Start -> ADSIedit.msc, or navigate to Start -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> ADSI Edit.

Right click the root of the tree view on the left and select Connect To. . . On the Connection Settings screen select the Select a well knowb Naming Context option and from the drop down list choose the Configuration option.

ADSI Edit -> Connect To
Once connected to the Configuration Naming Context, navigate to the following item:

Configuration -> Services -> Microsoft Exchange -> ”Organization Name” -> Administrative Groups > ”Administrative Group” -> Servers -> ”Server Name” -> InformationStore

Right click Information Store and scroll down to msExchESEParamCacheSizeMax attribute and set the value according to your requirements.

ADSI Edit -> Information Store Settings
Please note that Exchange 2007 works with 8kB pages and Exchnage 2010 works with 32kB pages. So if you want to limit the size of memory used to 4GB, you will need the following calculations:

Exchange 2007: 4 GB = 4.194.304 KB / 8 KB => 524288

Exchange 2010: 4 GB = 4.194.304 KB / 32 KB => 131072

If you have confirmed you have the correct numbers, you can click OK to save the settings and restart Microsoft Exchange Information Store service for the changes to take effect.

UPDATE: As it turns out, setting the msExchESEParamCacheSizeMax size only doesn’t seem to be sufficient. The limit has been actually applied only when the msExchESEParamCacheSizeMin size was set as well. In our example the values would be set as follows:

Exchange 2010:

Min – 1GB: msExchESEParamCacheSizeMin = 32768

Max – 4GB: msExchESEParamCacheSizeMax = 131072

Exchange 2007:

Min – 1GB: msExchESEParamCacheSizeMin = 131072

Max – 4GB: msExchESEParamCacheSizeMax = 524288

Remember using ADSI Edit is dangerous.

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