Server 2008 R2 Performance Tuning

Here’s some of the things I do to a new Server 2008 R2 install (physical and/or virtual settings are mixed in; (VIRTUAL ONLY) specifies I only do configuration change on Virtual systems).

  • Disable Screen Saver, Personalize -> Screen Saver -> None
  • Sound, Do not start Audio Service -> Sound
  •  No Sounds
  •  Display Performance, System -> Advanced System Settings -> Performance Settings -> Adjust for Best Performance
  • Power Options -> High Performance
  • Power Options -> Changed when the computer sleeps -> Turn off Display = Never
  •  Pagefile, System -> Advanced -> Performance -> Set no pagefile (VIRTUAL ONLY)
  •  Disable System Screensaver Regedit -> HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop -> Delete SCRNSAVE.exe
  •  Stop Audio Service in services.msc, set to Manual
  •  Remove ipv6 support
  •  Start Menu -> remove quick launch
  •  Drive Indexing, My Computer -> C: Properties -> Unselect Index this drive… -> Apply recursively -> ignore all permission errors
  •  Run as administrator ‘cmd.exe’ -> powercfg -h OFF to disable hibernation and delete hiberfil.sys from C:
  •  reboot
  •  delete pagefile.sys on c: (VIRTUAL ONLY)
  •  defrag C: (I use contig http://live.sysinternals.com/contig.exe and run contig -s c:\*.*)
  •  clear c:\users\administrator\appdata\local\temp folder
  •  enable remote desktop, right click my computer -> properties -> advanced properties -> remote tab
  •  activate windows
  • Run as administrator ‘cmd.exe’ and copy/paste the following:
    powercfg -setactive scheme_min
    Powercfg -setacvalueindex scheme_current sub_processor 45bcc044-d885-43e2-8605-ee0ec6e96b59 100
    Powercfg -setactive scheme_current
    Powercfg -setacvalueindex scheme_current sub_processor 893dee8e-2bef-41e0-89c6-b55d0929964c 100
    Powercfg -setactive scheme_current
    Powercfg -setacvalueindex scheme_current sub_processor bc5038f7-23e0-4960-96da-33abaf5935ec 100
    Powercfg -setactive scheme_current
    powercfg -setacvalueindex scheme_current 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c 54533251-82be-4824-96c1-47b60b740d00 893dee8e-2bef-41e0-89c6-b55d0929964c 100
    Powercfg -setactive scheme_current

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