Experiencing SQL slowdowns? Is it taking forever for your data to process? It may be the memory settings on your SQL server. Read below to find out how to change your memory settings to adjust your Server Memory Options:

SQL Server is designed to request as much RAM as possible which will not be released unless this memory is explicitly required by the operating system. The best approach is to limit the amount of RAM the server can use which will allow the OS to have a set amount of resources to use no-matter-what.

Use the two server memory options, min server memory and max server memory, to reconfigure the amount of memory (in megabytes) managed by the SQL Server Memory Manager for an instance of SQL Server.

1. In Object Explorer, right-click a server and select Properties.
2. Click the Memory node.
3. Under Server Memory Options, enter the amount that you want for Minimum server memory and Maximum server memory

Note: the above is not going to limit all aspects of SQL Server to that amount of memory. This only controls the buffer pool and the execution plan cache. Things like CLR, Full Text, the actual memory used by the SQL Server .exe files, SQL Agent, extended stored procedures, etc. aren’t controlled by this setting. However these other things typically don’t need all that much memory, it’s the buffer pool and the execution plan cache which need the bulk of the memory.

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