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How can I enable PAE in Windows 2003 Server so that it can access memory above 4GB?

Posted on 2011-03-02
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I have Windows 2003 Server sp2 (enterprise) installed on an HP Proliant DL 385 G5 attached to an external RAID ARRAY. The server contains 16 GB of RAM. How can I configure/enable Physical Address Extensions so that memory above 4 GB is accessible?
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You need to add the /pae switch to the boot.ini file ... you can do this by going to Start, Run..., msconfig:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283037
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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(out-of-points, please) just only to add.

Yes, you have to use /PAE switch in boot.ini file in appropriate line (if you have more that one OS on a server, but probably not). Make copy of boot.ini file before you will modify it, for security reason. If something will be incidentally modified/deleted in this file, you will loose possibility to boot up the server. In case of wrongly modified boot.ini file, you can simply restore that backed up file.

Regards,
Krzysztof
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by:cheyliger
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PoweredgeTech, thank you, the article you recommended was pretty good. However, it does mention that PAE is automatically enbled in Windows 2003 server (enterprise) if the server is using hot-add memory devices. How can I determine whether or not my server is using hot-add memory devices?
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Hot-add memory devices is specific to your server - according to HP's site (as far as I could tell), your server does not have hot-add memory modules.

You can see if /pae is enabled already in msconfig in the boot.ini.
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Thank you once again PowerEdgeTech
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