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Microsoft Server 08 x32 SP2 Enterprise (fully up to date)
I have a server that has 16Gb of RAM, however...in the task manager, and resource monitor are showing as only 3 gigs.

When trying to change the page file size to something larger, we can't.
Under Performance Options --> Advanced shows as the total paging size for all drives as 3366MB,  Anything larger than 4096MB reports the following error.

"Enter a maximum page file size that is greater than or equal to the initial page file size, and less than 4096mb"

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32 bit O/S will not support 16GB of RAM

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778(VS.85).aspx

You need 64 bit O/S
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Are you SURE this is the Enterprise version?     The memory limits you're seeing are consistent with Server 2008 Standard .... but Enterprise should "see" up to 64GB with the 32-bit version.

If it's definitely Enterprise then check your BIOS to see if it's set for an "install" mode -- some BIOS's allow limiting memory for OS installations -- and need to be reset for all the memory to be seen.
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per the chart you sent, it's possible for Server08 x32 to run that much RAM, but PAE needs to be enabled.

I do believe that is the fix. Thank you sir.
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You need 64 bit, Enterprise or Datacenter version

I forget about the other versions, your system as it stands will not be able to pick up the memory from the sounds of it.
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