Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Maximum Memory Limits bypass


my server is running on Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 STD, and i wanted to install more memory over the Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Maximum Memory Limit of 32. I need to know what would be the best route to overcome this with minimal work.
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
My Windows admin skills are limited but I believe you can install as much RAM as you want in the server.  Windows will only see up to 32Gig.

I'm curious, why would you want more RAM than the OS can address?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You need to upgrade to Enterprise (not really sold) or purchase 2012 R2 and use downgrade rights.  Any other solution other than upgrade the edition or product would be a violation of the license.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
tomfontanillaAuthor Commented:
Hello slightwv,

we are running an oracle DB, our users and data are getting bigger. everytime we add new DBs, memory usage rises. Target is to have this server running on 64GB. But with Server STD memory limitation, the STD OS only recognize 32gb.
Making Bulk Changes to Active Directory

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make mass changes to Active Directory from an external text file without using complicated scripts.

tomfontanillaAuthor Commented:
Hello Lee,

that would be lots of work involve. Not to mention the possible impact to our DBs when we run the upgrade. thoughts?
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
If the OS can only see 32Gig, how do you expect Oracle to use the rest?  Unless there is some deep level magic I'm not aware of, Oracle takes memory from the OS.  So, it only has access to the same 32Gig.
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Solution: Upgrade to Enterprise or Datacenter.
tomfontanillaAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for tomfontanilla's comment #a41240127

for the following reason:

great response
slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
>>tomfontanilla requested that this question be closed by accepting tomfontanilla's comment #a41240127 (0 points) as the solution for the following reason:

PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
I think the wrong comment was selected. The selected comment was the author restating the problem. The solution is clearly to upgrade to Enterprise (suggested first by Lee, then by PET) or Datacenter (suggested by PET).
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Agree - and tomfontanilla - why would you allow your production database to run in an unsupported state.  I don't know if there's any other thing you MIGHT be able to do, but the ONLY way to keep Windows in a SUPPORTED state is to Upgrade the edition or product.  Note: If you purchase Windows 2012 R2 standard, you SHOULD be able to use 2008 R2 Enterprise - which should be a less painful process, I believe a DISM SKU upgrade.  BUT you have to purchase a volume license for it.
tomfontanillaAuthor Commented:
Great response
tomfontanillaAuthor Commented:
recommendation is good.
tomfontanillaAuthor Commented:
noted. thanks.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Server 2008

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.