On a site server that is running System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2), the handle count and memory usage for the SMS_Executive service (Smsexec.exe) process keeps increasing. After a while, the available memory resources may be exhausted on the site server. When the operating system does not have sufficient memory resources, the operating system may crash, stop responding, or encounter other exceptions on the site server.
This issue usually occurs when the site server performs one or more of the following operations:
- Processes the software inventory files.
- Processes the hardware inventory files.
- The Client Push Installation feature is enabled, and one of the following conditions is true:
- The user account that performs the client push installation is not a member of the Administrators group.
- The user account that performs the client push installation cannot be used to access the folder where the Smsexec.exe file is located because of a configuration on the site server.
- The destination computer of the client push installation crashes or is not available.
For more information and to download a hotfix for this issue see the following Knowledge Base article:
KB981797 – The handle count and memory usage of Smsexec.exe keeps increasing in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2
J.C. Hornbeck | System Center Knowledge Engineer