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Occasional spikes are nothing to worry about: all processes require *some* CPU to do their job
If the process was continually running at, say, 80% or above, that would be worth investigating. Otherwise I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
thanks for the info Joe,
it is a kind of "constant" occasional spikes if you know what I mean. Top spike at around 70%
my only concern is that if you RDP or VM console into the box it kind of makes a bit of "unmanageable" (open SQL Studio, Windows Explorer, etc) as the CPU keeps spiking.
I shall keep an eye on this box.
Any other hints????
Is it normal to have to instances of Apache running?
From Windows Task Manager there are 2 instances with different PIDs one sitting idle and they other spiking.
I still believe there is something unusual going on here.
Yep, two instances of Apache is normal
See if you can identify what the machine is doing during the spikes: check the various log files for the time when a spike occurs, and see if there is anything that stands out. Apache does quite a lot in ePO, so you could be seeing things like a lot of machines communicating with the server, or pulling updates from the master repo - things like that.