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Low Memory Condition

tags: PowerShell categories: PowerShell-Eventlog

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Low Memory Condition

Low memory occurs when the device you are working runs out of RAM and also is low on virtual memory. This can happen in a situation where you burden your device with programs that cannot be supported by its RAM. Another instance when low memory error can occur is when the programs do not free the memory they have been using after their completion. We call this process memory overuse or memory leak.

Identify the programs that trigger Low Memory Condition

This function can be used to identify the programs that trigger Low Memory Condition of a Windows Server.

function Get-LowMemoryCondition{

        [Int]$LastMonth = 1,

        [Int32]$EventId = 2004
    $function = $($MyInvocation.MyCommand.Name)
    Write-Verbose "Running $function"
    $RegExApplication = '(?<=\s)(\w+)(?=\.\w{3})'
    $RegExBytes       = '(?<=consumed\s)(\d+)(?=\sbytes)'
    $RegExPID         = '(?<=\s\()(\d+)(?=\)\s)'

    $Application = $null; $bytes = $null; $ID = $null

    $EventParameter = @{
        ProviderName = 'Microsoft-Windows-Resource-Exhaustion-Detector'
        StartTime    = (Get-Date).AddMonths(-$LastMonth)

    $EventProperties = @(

        $WinEvent = (Get-WinEvent -FilterHashtable $EventParameter -ErrorAction Stop).({Where $_.Id -eq $EventId}) | Select-Object $EventProperties 
        foreach($Message in $WinEvent){
            foreach($item in $Message.Message){
                $line = ($item -split '\:')[1]
                ($line -split '\,') | ForEach-Object {
                    if($_ -match $RegExApplication){$Application = $Matches[0]}
                    if($_ -match $RegExBytes){$bytes = $Matches[0] }
                    if($_ -match $RegExPID){$ID = $Matches[0]}
                        TimeCreated = $Message.TimeCreated
                        FullItem    = $_.Trim()
                        Application = $Application
                        Id          = $ID
                        UsedMB      = '{0:N0}' -f ($bytes/1mb)
            Succeeded  = $false
            Function   = $function
            TimeStamp  = (Get-Date)
            Scriptname = $($_.InvocationInfo.ScriptName)
            LineNumber = $($_.InvocationInfo.ScriptLineNumber)
            Activity   = $($_.CategoryInfo).Activity
            Message    = $($_.Exception.Message)
            Category   = $($_.CategoryInfo).Category
            Exception  = $($_.Exception.GetType().FullName)
            TargetName = $($_.CategoryInfo).TargetName

Get-LowMemoryCondition -LastMonth 1

Configure Virtual Memory (Pagefile) manually

Disable automatic-managed PageFile, set the initial- and maximum-size manually and rebbot the computer:

$InitialSizeMB = 4096
$MaximumSizeMB = 4096

$SystemInfo = gwmi -Class Win32_ComputerSystem -EnableAllPrivileges
$SystemInfo.AutomaticManagedPageFile = $false
$SystemInfo.Put() | Out-Null

gwmi -Class Win32_PageFileUsage | `
Select Name,AllocatedBaseSize,CurrentUsage,Peakusage

[int]$memory = gcim -class "cim_physicalmemory" | % {($_.Capacity)/1mb}
Write-Host "Physical Memory is $($memory) MB"
$currentpagefile = gwmi -Class Win32_PageFileSetting
if(($currentpagefile.InitialSize) -lt $memory){
   $pagefilepath = (gwmi -Class Win32_PageFileSetting).name
   $pagefile = gwmi -Query "Select * From Win32_PageFileSetting"
   $pagefile.InitialSize = $InitialSizeMB
   $pagefile.MaximumSize = $MaximumSizeMB
   $pagefile.Put() | Out-Null
   gwmi -Class Win32_PageFileSetting | select Name,InitialSize,MaximumSize | fl
   Start-Sleep -Seconds 20

Check for corruption of your files

Start the prompt as the administrator and type in these letters

sfc /scannow

Check for disk errors

Start the prompt as the administrator and type in these letters

chkdsk C:/f

or scan with no reboot and no fixing

chkdsk C: /scan

See also

How to Use PowerShell to Write to Event Logs on devblogs.microsoft.com

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