Find WorkingSet size with Powershell get-process

09 October,2013 by Jack Vamvas

Question : I want to report on the Physical Memory WorkingSet value of an executable  . I want to run a daily report on the WorkingSet of the process to identify any memory leaks . How can I obtain the current WorkingSet value over multiple servers?    Is the WorkingSet a useful value to monitor?

Answer: The Powershell get-process cmdlet   returns the information required. There are some examples below , which return various combimations, such as process name and greater than a certain value

 The working set is the set of pages of physical memory that a process is using. Only data stored in physical memory (not currently paged to disk) is in the working set.  It’s a useful method to identify Physical memory usage of a process.

For the SQL Server process – it’s not a good value to use if Locked Pages in memory is used. Click here for more details on why Task Manager not showing correct SQL Server memory usage


--return all processes with a working set of greater than 600000 KB 
get-process -computername myServer | where-object{$_.WorkingSet/1024 -gt 600000}

--return  process details of a specific process
get-process -computername myServer | where {$ -eq 'process1'}

--return only a certain set of columns for a specific process
get-process -computername myServer | where {$ -eq 'process1'} | select ProcessName,WS

--powershell script to iterate through multiple servers and return the working set value of a specific process
foreach ($svr in get-content "C:\powershell\servers.txt")
 get-process -computername $svr | where {$ -eq 'process1'} | Select MachineName,ProcessName, WS

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