> > > With this neverending upgrade of client PC's, the availability of
> > > Intel machines powerful enough to act as a firewall increases. Most
> > > of us probably have an old 486/66 they can put 32MB in and run NT,
> > > no?
> Can you really run NT effectively in 32 meg? I have a friend who has 32 meg
> in an Intel box running NT, and he is going to get another 32 meg, because he
> says that whenever he loads any app, the box just sits there and thrashes.
> I worry that the process footprint in NT is large enough that you will
> not be able to run a reasonable number of proxies without lots and lots
> of memory, relative to the amount normally put into an NT desktop box.
After it's installed, NT can *run* on 5.5 megs. Of course that pages
part of the OS plus all your programs out to disc. Realistically, NT
workstation can run proxy servers, web servers, and FTP servers pretty
well on 32 megs. NT server strains a bit below 48 megs, but will do
okay with 32.
The thrashing your friend describes comes from a pagefile that is too
large. His disc cache is too big and the machine is spending too much
time swapping. Smaller paging files on each physical drive are better
that a huge file on one drive.
NT comes with a nice performance monitor that will allow you to log the
amount of committed memory. This can help you determine page file and
physical memory needs.
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