use of the /pae switch with server 2003 standard

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by weaverbeaver, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. weaverbeaver

    weaverbeaver Guest

    I have a number of servers which contain 4GB memory and have Windows 2003
    standard installed. From the OS the servers only show 3GB memory installed. A
    colleague has rightly pointed out that if I use the /pae switch within the
    boot.ini file the server then reports the full 4GB memory. As these servers
    are going to be used to host terminal sessions to thin clients, memory is a
    key resource which I would like to maximise where possible.

    My concern is that all docs I have found point to the use of the pae switch
    to enable addressing more than 4gb memory on the enterprise version of the
    OS. Is the use of the pae switch supported for the scenario described? or am
    I likely to experience stability issues by using this switch?

    thanks in advance

    weaverbeaver, Nov 20, 2007
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  2. Jabez Gan [MVP], Nov 21, 2007
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  3. weaverbeaver

    Krish Guest


    Please go through the link below and it will give you a clear picture on how
    memory management works in windows server. As you said in this post /PAE or
    /3GB would not be a good recommendation.

    Firstly, as you know Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition only supports 4 GB
    of RAM and if you use /PAE switch in this, it is not going to work

    Secondly, In the server only have 4 gigs of memory and if we use the /3gb
    switch then it will effect the system performance and the system will start
    giving error on 2020 or 2019 which is for pooled paged and non pool paged
    space not avaliable.

    Please let me know if this helps you

    please go through this link to understand the memory management work


    Krish, Nov 21, 2007
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