How to determine what IIS worker process is responsible for high resource utilization

   The first step you need to take when discovering a high resource consuming web application is to discover the worker process responsible for this. It is hard to determine what web application is responsible for a worker process just by looking in task manager.
   Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv and run the following command: appcmd list wp. This command will list the current worker processes that are running on the web server. Appcmd is a powerful tool that is used to manage IIS. For a detailed description of this tool type appcmd /?:


By running the app cmd list wp command you will view the worker process for each application among with their PID numbers. Then you can match PID numbers with those shown in task manager:
Another way in which you can achieve this is by using the IIS Manger console. You can open the console from administrative tools menu or from the Roles section in Server Manager. Now, select the host and click on the Worker Processes button in the IIS settings:
worker processes
Upon opening this menu you will see all active worker processes with their name, process id, state, CPU and memory consumption. By identifying their PID you can then take further steps in resolving the memory consumption issue. This short article will serve well for a future post in which we will troubleshoot some memory leaks in IIS application pools. Have a great day and stay tuned for the following articles.

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