Can I run Windows Server 2008 with only 1GB of RAM?

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I'm about to get a Windows 2008 VPS that has about 1GB of RAM. But before I purchase it, I wanted to ask if I could actually use a server with only 1 GB of RAM. For the most part, it's going to be used for development work (running 5 websites on IIS 7, .NET 3.5 and SQL 2008 Express). I'm thinking that the SQL might be the biggest problem here. Thanks

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  • carlosdl
    I used a server with those characteristics on GoDaddy (same OS and practically same software) some time ago and its performance was acceptable in general. 

    Of course, if you run sites that use lots of memory you would need more RAM, since most of that 1GB is actually used by the OS and SQL Server, so it really depends on that.

    In most cases you can purchase the server for a short period (say a month, or 3 months), which is what I would recommend at the beginning, to make sure it meets your expectations.  If your test is satisfactory you can then proceed to pay for a full year or more, to get a better price.
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    My mistake.  The VPS I used on GoDaddy had 2 GB of RAM, but I keep my recommendation of purchasing the server for a month (if possible) to test if the performance is acceptable.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Several times now I've gone down the path of trying to simply get by until I could justify better equipment and ended up painting myself in a corner every time. You might be able to get away with it at first but I can assure you that something will need more memory somehow (perhaps just the junked-up OS itself) and you'll have to reload or add the memory that you probably should've added in the first place.
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  • mrgeek1974
    Theoretically, it's possible, but the practice depends completely of number of users that can use this server simultaneously. For me, any modern Windows-based server is up to no point when it has fewer than 16 Gb RAM. Smaler servers for dedicated purposes I typically configure thoroughly and run under Linux.
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