Upgrading Dell Server memory

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-10
I have a Dell poweredge server with 4Gb of memory its running MS Server 2003 enterprise edition SP2, I wanted to know how i would check what the maximum amount of memory I could have, I need to upgrade but was under the impression I would have to upgrade the OS before I could do this?

Question by:Techno-Man-uk
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    Accepted Solution

    Since you already have W2k3 Enterprise Edition, there's no need to upgrade any further; EE supports up to 32GB.
    Depending on the memory type, you might have to add the /PAE switch in the boot.ini for the additional memory to be recognized.

    Comparison of Windows Server 2003 Editions

    Large memory support is available in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows 2000

    Memory Support and Windows Operating Systems
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    Expert Comment

    If you're also looking for how much the hardware supports you can check Dell's support site the specs will show the max supported memory.Crucial, Corsair, Kingston's websites will show the max and the memory they guarantee to work in the system. Or you can post the model and we can look it up for you.

    Author Comment

    ok the model is a Dell 2900 Power Edge running Windows server 2003 standard x64 Edition SP2
    and I also have a 2900 W2K3 Enterprise Edition SP2

    I was under the impression that the 64x bit versions could support more than 4Gb but under the Dell open manager it says only 4gb is the max supported on this OS?
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    Expert Comment

    Server 2003 Standard x64 supports up to 32GB:
    Overview of Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition
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    Assisted Solution

    The 2900 supports a max of 48gb of memory. w2k3 enterprise sp2 supports a max of 64Gb.

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