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    I have an older Windows 2000 Advance Server machine that runs two Pentium III processors. When I run Task Manager and look at Performance, under CPU usage, part of that self refreshing gadget is always red. When the server is under, say, 75% CPU usage, 70% + of what is green is red.

    Any ideas why this would be and if I should be concerned?

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    Re: 70% of processor is red in Task Manager

    "red" meaning kernel times?

    On the "Processes" tab, sort by CPU descending and report which process(es) is(are) consuming the CPU.
    Cheers,

    Rick

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      Re: 70% of processor is red in Task Manager

      SQL Server, aspnet_wp, and System Idle Process

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        Re: 70% of processor is red in Task Manager

        System Idle Process aside, what kind of web site (aspnet_wp) are you running? And I take it the site talks to SQL Server? Just trying to see what load may have changed on your antique dual P3 (Tualatin?) system w/ 1GB of 133 MHz memory?
        Cheers,

        Rick

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          Re: 70% of processor is red in Task Manager

          It is a dynamic data access application that uses SQL Server. All data access is performed through stored procedures. The server also houses three or four ASP.NET 1.1 applications.

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            Re: 70% of processor is red in Task Manager

            Originally posted by FlyingAce View Post
            It is a dynamic data access application that uses SQL Server. All data access is performed through stored procedures. The server also houses three or four ASP.NET 1.1 applications.
            Are you pulling a bunch of disk I/O with SQL Server? That may come across as kernel CPU. Do you know how to monitor that using PERFMON?

            I had a dual Tualatin 1.26 GHz system w/ 1GB of PC133 RAM for a number of years. Finally retired it 2 years ago. Given the cheapest desktop will outperform your server, I'm wondering what your goal is in this exercise?
            Cheers,

            Rick

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              Re: 70% of processor is red in Task Manager

              I inherited this application from another programmer, so it is not the most efficient application. It didn't even utilize connection pooling. We are fixing that now. Anyway, I was just looking through Task Manager and saw the red and got concerned. I will use prefmon to look at SQL Server. Thanks.

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