Allowing SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition to utilize free physical memory

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Memory
Microsoft SQL Server 2000
SQL Server performance
I have two identical SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Editions running on Windows 2003 Enterprise servers. They both have 8GB of RAM with /PAW and /3GB switches configured. The max server memory is set to 7GB on both. On one of the servers, the available physical memory under Task Manager Is always showing 3GB free, yet I cannot get SQL Server to utilize that extra 3GB. Can you offer any advice?

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It could simply be that SQL Server on that machine doesn’t think that it needs to use the additional memory.

Another possible option is that you have AWE enabled on the server that is using all it’s memory, and it’s not enabled on the server that is not using all it’s memory.

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