Microsoft Exchange RPC Client Access fails due to high memory usage in Microsoft® SharePoint® Search Component (aka noderunner.exe) on Exchange 2013

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Microsoft Exchange RPC Client Access fails due to high memory usage in Microsoft® SharePoint® Search Component (aka noderunner.exe) on Exchange 2013

After installing exchange 2013 and migrating clients over to the server you may notice Microsoft® SharePoint® Search Component or noderunner.exe running multiple instances with high memory usage. This is because Microsoft has integrated parts of sharepoint into exchange 2013. This process runs when accounts are first migrated and periodically to index email data stores for OWA in order to make search results fast, very fast.

You can disable Microsoft Exchange Search Host Controller service if it is causing an issue. In some cases it can consume an extremely high amount of memory causing the "Microsoft Exchange RPC Client Access" to fail and get stuck in a starting state. In which case the best solutions are to:

  • Increase the amount of RAM on the server.
  • Set the server to restart when "Microsoft Exchange RPC Client Access" fails. 
  • Disable the "Microsoft Exchange Search Host Controller service".

This is an obvious flaw in the design of exchange 2013 server.

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