SQL 2012 CPU Utilization at Rest

We have observed from task manager that SQL 2012 instances that we have recently installed consume 5% CPU even when no user sessions or SQL Agent jobs are running. These are 40 core servers. This seems abnormally high for an instance servicing no user requests. We do not see this with previous versions of SQL. Ideas?

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asked May 14, 2013 at 03:03 PM in Default

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You don't have any monitoring running or any other processes hitting SQL Server? How about the operating system. Anything running there? Do you know that the 5% CPU utilization is due to the SQL Server engine?

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answered May 14, 2013 at 04:59 PM

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Thanks for the reply. Yes, it is due to the engine. You can verify this through task manager or Perfmon. The sqlservr.exe for the 2012 instances are the consumers of a minimum of 5% CPU regardless of session activity. None of our monitoring tools had been deployed to the instances. They were newly installed instances at the time this was observed. I am hesitant to upgrade/install too many 2012 instances on the servers now until I have a definitive reason for or understanding that this is a known expected behavior, so that I can adjust accordingly. We have a combination of 2005, 2008, 2008R2 and now 2012 instances running on any given server host. If we can expect to see 5% CPU utilization always we will definitely not be able to safely host as many instances on these large servers as we have done prior to introducting 2012 to our environment.

May 14, 2013 at 05:18 PM Lookin4Answers

It's not normal to see 5% CPU with nothing running on any of the 2012 instances I've managed. Granted, I don't have 2012 with 2005, 2008 & 2008R2 all at the same time. Maybe the behavior changes then.

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