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SharePoint Search: Another annoyance conquered.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 in Technical Articles (Views: 1946)

SharePoint, the one technology that keeps teaching you over and over how much of a resource hog it is.

So, say you run a small blog site called oh, You allocate 8GB to the server because you have other VMs to run. It's a small site and doesn't need a ton of resources. The old site I built never used above 1.5 on Server 2012 R2.

After wondering why 90% of my memory was being used, more than half was done by SharePoint search. I found a file that contains the ability to throttle this memory down and not take up so many resources:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\15.0\Search\Runtime\1.0\noderunner.exe.config

Open this file and look for an entry called nodeRunnerSettings memoryLimitMegabytes="0". The 0 entry is the SharePoint way of saying "sure, hog all you want", which is the default. I set this down to 128 and it seems to be working well so far, but there's not a lot to index.

One more SharePoint annoyance behind us.


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