Windows server 2008 standard with 48 gb physical memory

I have a dell T410 dual processor .  I put 3 8 gb physical memory for each processor since each processor has 3 channels. I just saw that windows 2008 server standard has a limit of 32 gb on physical memory. I put in 48 gb. Should I take it out or leave it . What are the pros and cons to this situation. thanks
RALPHQCAsked:
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Matt CoughlinCommented:
I am thinking that there is no problem with installing more RAM than the OS supports. You may feel that you are just wasting chips though as the OS will never use the remaining memory.

What you may want to look into is memory mirroring. This effectively shows your OS that you have 24GB of RAM but physically you are using all 48GB. The same principal as RAID 1.

Here is a link to an article that explains it in more detail.

http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/definition/memory-mirroring
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rindiCommented:
The extra RAM will just go unnoticed, but Windows will run normally.

You could use virtualization (VMwasre vSphere or m$ Hyper-V) and then install your 2008 as a VM, That way you could add further VM's and make use of the extra RAM.
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RALPHQCAuthor Commented:
2 Cpu for a total of  6 channels and 8 gb per channel. Is the system using 5.5 gb from each channel or simply using the first 24 gb from the first Cpu and only 8 gb on the second cpu.
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Matt CoughlinCommented:
Oops, sorry. I will make sure to pay closer attention to my sources.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
you could also leave it there in case you decide to upgrade to 2012 since the limit for standard edition is 4tb
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RALPHQCAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

the main issue of how the memory is being used is not answered.
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rindiCommented:
That wasn't what you asked in the original Question, but rather just in a later comment. The original Question was answered.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
the problem with a question like this is that it's opinion-based as opposed to "this is broke, how do i fix?"
there is no right or wrong answer.  what one user chooses to do may not be the same as what another person would choose

all 3 comments between myself, rindi, and matt are all possible options and points can be split evenly between the 3
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