What is Windows System Resource Manager?

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

What Is Windows System Resource Manager?

In this section

  • Common Windows System Resource Manager Scenarios

With Windows System Resource Manager, administrators can control how CPU and memory resources are dynamically allocated to applications, services, and processes. Managing resources in this way improves system performance and reduces the chance that applications, services, or processes will interfere with the rest of the system. It also creates a more consistent and predictable experience for users of applications and services running on the computer.

Common Windows System Resource Manager Scenarios

Windows System Resource Manager is designed for scenarios that involve running multiple applications on a single physical computer. Using Windows System Resource Manager, you can create resource-allocation policies, which determine how CPU and memory resources are allocated to running processes, and process-matching criteria, which use matching logic to group processes for easy management. Windows System Resource Manager supports the following scenarios:

  • Allocating resources through server consolidation, to reduce the ability of applications to interfere with each other, such as when running multiple instances of a single application, or combining line-of-business applications with other applications or services.

  • Managing users, either individually or by security group, in large terminal server systems by application, which limits the effect heavily used resources have on other users.

  • Administering resource usage of multiple SQL Server instances sharing a server.

  • Administering resource usage of Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 application pools on a server, such as when one server hosts multiple Web sites.

  • Reports on memory usage and CPU time to support service level agreement (SLA) metrics.

Windows System Resource Manager is included with only Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition.