Ok Windows Server 2003 Standard in a 32-bit environment only uses 4GB of memory. If I have a server with 16GB of memory and ESXi installed on it then can I have 4 different Server 2003 VM each with 4GB? Like does ESXi recognize all of it and share it out correctly in a 32-bit environment?
I am new to virtualization and just trying to get a better understanding of it.
If you install 4 servers you will be able to give each of them 4GB. Be however aware that Windows 2003 Standard can only see 3GB unless you boot with the PAE parameter. Also see here for more information:
Teach the user how to convert virtaul disk file formats and how to rename virtual machine files on datastores.
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