Evaluating Memory and Cache Usage

Use the Performance console and other Microsoft Windows 2000 tools to assess available memory and to observe the effects of a memory shortage, a common cause of poor computer performance. Examine the effectiveness of the file system cache — an area of physical memory where recently used data read from or written to the disk is mapped for quick access. In addition, use Windows 2000 tools to investigate memory problems caused by applications that have not been optimized.

In This Chapter

Quick Guide to Monitoring Memory

Overview of Memory Monitoring

Determining the Amount of Installed Memory

Understanding Memory and the File System Cache

Establishing a Baseline for Memory

Investigating Memory Problems

Resolving Memory and Cache Bottlenecks