More then 4GB of RAM on Win2k3 SP1 on Dell Poweredge 2800

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Scott Townsend, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. A customer of ours wanted us to install 10GB of RAM in his Win2k3 SP1 on
    Dell Poweredge 2800.

    Looking around it seems that I can use the /PAE switch in the Boot.ini file.

    That got me from 3.2gb to 4.0gb

    Is there a way to use more then the 4GB of RAM? BIOS Sees all 10GB

    Thanks,
    Scott<-
     
    Scott Townsend, Dec 12, 2007
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  2. Scott Townsend

    John John Guest

    You need Server 2003 Enterprise version or better to use more than 4gigs
    of RAM, or you need the 64-bit version.

    John
     
    John John, Dec 12, 2007
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  3. A customer of ours wanted us to install 10GB of RAM in his Win2k3 SP1 on
    Requires 64-bit OS. No way around it. Enterprise is supposed to have
    the ability to see it but I don't know that to be a fact. 32-bit OSes
    are limited to 4GB. Linux is supposed to be able to page out anything
    beyond 4GB but it's a kludge.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
     
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Dec 12, 2007
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  4. Scott Townsend

    Morgan che Guest

    Dear Scott Townsend,

    Thanks for your posting here and also thanks Thee Chicago Wolf' kind reply.

    The maximum quantity of RAM that can be supported by Windows 2003 is up to
    the different versions of Windows 2003.

    I list the maximum RAM supported by different version of Windows 2003 as
    below:

    Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, 4-GB RAM Maximum

    Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, 32-GB RAM Maximum
    64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition supports systems
    with up to 64 GB of RAM.

    Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition 64-GB RAM Maximum
    The 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition supports
    systems with up to 512 GB of RAM.

    Windows Server 2003 Web Edition, 2-GB RAM Maximum

    For the detailed information about it, please refer to the following link:
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/282e951f-bc16-430e-ac
    43-b6209c5b54a21033.mspx?mfr=true

    Hope I could reply to your question clearly.

    Sincerely
    Morgan Che
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    Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

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    Morgan che, Dec 13, 2007
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  5. Can I Upgrade the Windows 2003 Standard 32bit to Windows 2003 Enterprise Ed
    32bit?

    Or is it a complete reinstall?

    Thanks,
    Scott<-
     
    Scott Townsend, Dec 13, 2007
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  6. Scott Townsend

    Morgan che Guest

    Dear Scott Townsend,

    Thanks for your posting here again.

    Definitely, you can upgrade Windows 2003 Standard 32bit version to Windows
    2003 Enterprise 32bit version without reinstallation.

    For the detailed upgrading path about 2003 different versions, please refer
    to the below link:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/supportedpa
    ths.mspx

    When you plan to upgrade Windows 2003 Standard version to Windows 2003
    Enterprise version, I would suggest you reading the Microsoft Software
    License Terms that corresponds to Windows 2003 Enterprise 32bit version
    you've acquired. I also list the Windows 2003 different version License
    Term here for your kind reference:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/eulas/default.mspx

    I hope it helps.

    Thanks and regards,

    Sincerely
    Morgan Che
    Microsoft Online Support
    Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

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    Morgan che, Dec 14, 2007
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    Morgan che Guest

    Dear Scooter,

    How's everything going?

    I'm wondering if the suggestion has helped or if you have any further
    questions, please feel free to let me know.

    Have a nice day!

    Sincerely
    Morgan Che
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    --->A customer of ours wanted us to install 10GB of RAM in his Win2k3 SP1
    on
    --->Dell Poweredge 2800.
    --->
    --->Looking around it seems that I can use the /PAE switch in the Boot.ini
    file.
    --->
    --->That got me from 3.2gb to 4.0gb
    --->
    --->Is there a way to use more then the 4GB of RAM? BIOS Sees all 10GB
    --->
    --->Thanks,
    ---> Scott<-
    --->
    --->
     
    Morgan che, Dec 26, 2007
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  8. Morgan,

    I have a server with 8GB of RAM and I am running Windows 2003 Standard R2
    x64. I want to size the right OS revision, which is where I am at right now.

    Everything I have checked on the MS web site says 4GB is the maximum for
    this OS. Here is an example URL:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405950.aspx.

    Based on what I see, rather than read here is the short summary of my
    findings:

    32-bit Windows Standard Edition --> 4GB Maximum
    32-bit Windows Enterprise --> 64GB Maximum

    any 64-bit Edition of Windows --> Greater than 4GB is supported.

    Thanks for your help in clearing this up.
     
    Woolf Computing Solutions, Inc., Dec 30, 2007
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  9. Scott Townsend

    Morgan che Guest

    Dear Customer,

    Thanks for your information.

    I have reviewed your provided link, and abstracted the following
    information from this page:

    "Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition, supports up to 32 GB of RAM
    on 1- to 4-way servers. "

    So please note the maximum RAM supported by Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard
    x64 Edition is 32GB.

    Additionally, what I posted before is also based on Microsoft website.
    Please refer to chapter "Comparison of Windows Server 2003 Editions" of the
    following link:

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/282e951f-bc16-430e-ac
    43-b6209c5b54a21033.mspx?mfr=true

    If anything is unclear, please feel free to open a new thread to ensure the
    issue will receive full attention and best service. I am glad to work with
    you.

    Happy New Year!

    Sincerely
    Morgan Che
    Microsoft Online Support
    Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

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    --->Morgan,
    --->
    --->I have a server with 8GB of RAM and I am running Windows 2003 Standard
    R2
    --->x64. I want to size the right OS revision, which is where I am at
    right now.
    --->
    --->Everything I have checked on the MS web site says 4GB is the maximum
    for
    --->this OS. Here is an example URL:
    --->http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405950.aspx.
    --->
    --->Based on what I see, rather than read here is the short summary of my
    --->findings:
    --->
    --->32-bit Windows Standard Edition --> 4GB Maximum
    --->32-bit Windows Enterprise --> 64GB Maximum
    --->
    --->any 64-bit Edition of Windows --> Greater than 4GB is supported.
    --->
    --->Thanks for your help in clearing this up.
    --->
    --->
    --->
    --->"Morgan che(MSFT)" wrote:
    --->
    --->> Dear Scooter,
    --->>
    --->> How's everything going?
    --->>
    --->> I'm wondering if the suggestion has helped or if you have any further
    --->> questions, please feel free to let me know.
    --->>
    --->> Have a nice day!
    --->>
    --->> Sincerely
    --->> Morgan Che
    --->> Microsoft Online Support
    --->> Microsoft Global Technical Support Center
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    --->> --->A customer of ours wanted us to install 10GB of RAM in his Win2k3
    SP1
    --->> on
    --->> --->Dell Poweredge 2800.
    --->> --->
    --->> --->Looking around it seems that I can use the /PAE switch in the
    Boot.ini
    --->> file.
    --->> --->
    --->> --->That got me from 3.2gb to 4.0gb
    --->> --->
    --->> --->Is there a way to use more then the 4GB of RAM? BIOS Sees all
    10GB
    --->> --->
    --->> --->Thanks,
    --->> ---> Scott<-
    --->> --->
    --->> --->
    --->>
    --->>
    --->
     
    Morgan che, Dec 31, 2007
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