The bulk data provider failed to allocate memory.

Details
Product: SQL Server
Event ID: 4846
Source: MSSQLServer
Version: 9.00.1281.60
Symbolic Name: BULKPROV_MEMORY
Message: The bulk data provider failed to allocate memory.
   
Explanation

Memory allocation failed.

   
User Action

Follow these general steps to troubleshoot memory errors:

  1. Verify whether other applications or services are consuming memory on this server. Reconfigure less critical applications or services to consume less memory.

  2. Start collecting performance monitor counters for SQL Server: Buffer Manager, SQL Server: Memory Manager.

  3. Check the following SQL Server memory configuration parameters:

    • max server memory

    • min server memory

    • awe enabled

    • min memory per query

    Notice any unusual settings. Correct them as necessary. Account for increased memory requirements for SQL Server 2005. Default settings are listed in “Setting Server Configuration Options” in SQL Server Books Online.

  4. If you are using Address Windowing Extensions (AWE), verify that the Windows security setting Lock pages in memory‘ is enabled.

  5. Observe DBCC MEMORYSTATUS output and the way it changes when you see these error messages.

  6. Check the workload (for example, number of concurrent sessions, currently executing queries).

The following actions may make more memory available to SQL Server:

  • If applications besides SQL Server are consuming resources, try stopping running these applications or consider running them on a separate server. This will remove external memory pressure.

  • If you have configured max server memory, increase its setting.

Run the following DBCC commands to free several SQL Server memory caches.

  • DBCC FREESYSTEMCACHE

  • DBCC FREESESSIONCACHE

  • DBCC FREEPROCCACHE

If the problem continues, you will need to investigate further and possibly reduce workload.

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