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Windows 2003 Std with SQL 2008 can I use AWE

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Hi Guys,

I have Windows Server 2003 Std 32-bit with SQL Server 2008 installed.  My system has 6GB of memory installed but only 3.5GB can be accessed by windows.  Can I activate AWE to give more memory to SQL Server?

I've been trawling through the forum looking for someone with a similar setup but can't find it.  I'm beginning to think it can't be done.
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it depends on your OS. If your os can access the ram then activating AWE would work

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190673.aspx

If your os cannot access the ram then you cannot access this.  From your topic its sayign you have 2003 STD which means you can only see up to 4 gigs of ram. You need to upgrade to enterprise or 64bit to be able to use this ram
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OEEnigma: he is running server 2003 standard so it means sql will only be able to see what the OS sees which is no more than 4 gb
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I am aware of that and it was indicated in the doc. I guess I should have been a little more verbose. Thanks for the reminder.
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Thanks guys I thought that might be the case.  I don't believe there are upgrades available for Windows 2003 anymore.  I'll have to research the upgrade paths.

Thanks again.
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