The handle count of the system process keeps increasing in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista
Consider the following scenario:
- You have a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista.
- You use Microsoft iSCSI Initiator to manage persistent Internet SCSI (iSCSI) targets.
- You frequently add, remove, or query the persistent iSCSI targets information.
In this scenario, the handle count of the system process increases constantly. After this issue persists for some time, the memory resource is exhausted. Then you experience one or more of the following issues:
- Many services or applications stop working.
- The whole computer stops responding.
Then, you must restart the computer to recover from this issue.
Note: If you monitor the leaked handles information, you find that all handles are registry handles. Additionally, these handles are related to persistent targets.
For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB981357.