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RAM usage on Sharepoint 2013 VM

February 13, 2013

If you have a SharePoint 2013 VM for your testing purpose and you don’t have more than 4GB of RAM here are few things you can do

Distributed Cache Service

Stop distributed Cache service that and you will be able to free up some for other services/actions.

You should not stop DC service if you are using any one of these services or testing new functionality that is based on:

Feed Cache
One Note throttling
Access Cache
Search Query web part
View State Cache
Search Service Usage

You can change the memory allocation if you plan to use DC as mentioned here

Search Service Usage

By default performance level for search service is set to max and thus use max RAM. You can increase the performance of your machine  if you are not using search functionality on your development machine which most of the time we are not using all the time except testing some thing related to Search.



To reduce the performance level use: Set-SPEnterpriseSearchService –PerformanceLevel Reduced

You can also set the value to PartlyReduced or Maximum


Note: – Changing this value will impact crawler performance only, so overall it will not be a huge impact but in my case I was able to free up some resources to use for other things.

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