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PAE with Windows 2008 Standard / 32 bit

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I have a Windows 2008 Standard Edition / 32 bit server with 8 GB of RAM. I ran the PAE command:

bcdedit /set pae forceenable

and it reported back "operation completed successfully". How can I tell if the OS is actually now recognizing over 4 GB or ram? If I right click on the "My Computer" icon and choose properties it says 8 GB of RAM but then again it said that before I ran PEA as well. The server’s hardware does not support DEP but DEP seemed to be turned on anyway so maybe PAE was already enabled.
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You might want to look at this.  According to the table, 32bit Windows 2008 Standard only supports 4GB of RAM:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778(v=vs.85).aspx

Also this table:
System Support for PAE
PAE is supported only on the following 32-bit versions of Windows running on x86-based systems:

•Windows 7 (32 bit only)
•Windows Server 2008 (32-bit only)
•Windows Vista (32-bit only)
•Windows Server 2003 (32-bit only)
•Windows XP (32-bit only)
•Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
•Windows 2000 Advanced Server


BUT, in my experience, NOT SUPPORTED does not always mean NOT POSSIBLE

Not really an answer to your original question but based on the above your question may be moot.  Aside from enabling PAE via different methods I have not yet found a way to 'verify' it aside from making sure that it has been enabled.
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So, how goes it on this one?
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