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8 cores, how to use them all?

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600

If I use two E52600 processors, I will have 8 processors available.  How can I be sure to use all?  SBS 2008 at this time and SQL 2008 and Exchange are the primary programs in use all day. There is also a custom biz app written in ASP.NET and C# that drives the interface on the client machines via IE9.  

Question is, is there anything special I need to make sure my tech does when setting us up so that all cores are getting used?

And ram, is there some majic about 2 channels?  What is the trick for ram configuration?  And DDR2 or DDR3?  Should I start a second question on the ram portion?  There will be 4 slots each for cpu's ram?  And I need to use same amount of ram for both cpu's, right?  What about channels for ram?
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Yes, I forgot about the ram aspect of the question as the previous poster only referred to the CPU core aspect.

ve3ofa is correct, the ram should be of the same speed in all banks if possible and the slowest speed will be used for memory operations.

Mixing ram if you only have certain modules available will increase your ram resource, but can slow down your operations as a result of a slower speed being introduced.

It comes down to priorities and budget, if you need to run more workload and are not concerned about maximising the memory computational capabilities then add the ram you have ensuring that the same speed ram exists within the same channels pairs

If the computational speed is important to you, do not mix the ram and make a decision of less ram at the higher speed or spend some more money to get the required amount of ram at the right speed for your motherboard.

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