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The question is a bit off topic, but I have a development machine that is my personal computer too. In other words I use it for a host of other things not just work.

Obviously nothing beats having Sharepoint installed locally if you work with it, this means not having to RDC into a dev server, or having to fire up a virtual server to test out quick things.

Anyways I was wondering, are there any facts as to how much system resources an idle sharepoint 2010 install would use? lets say if it had a max of 1 web app, and 1 site collection. Basically used for dev from time to time, but mostly not being actively used.

The key here is its idle state. Any published stats on this?

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It's not a huge amount. Seems like in my case it was less than 2gb of RAM and I have enough processor so I didn't even worry with CPU. I just was annoyed by the extra startup time for times when I don't need the server fired up.

I set mine to not autostart. Then I found this post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/emberger/archive/2009/11/16/stop-and-go-with-sharepoint-2010-on-your-workstation.aspx. I got the scripts, but I prefer to use the WPF app that is mentioned in the CodePlex link in the comments. This can start and stop your SQL Server service jobs too. I like it a lot.

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