How do I configure SQL 2005 to use 22GB RAM on a Server with 24 GB RAM running Windows 2003 EE ?

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We have Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition (32bit) running on a IBM Quad Core Xeon Dual processor system with 24 GB RAM. The same server runs SQL 2005 with SP2. How do I configure SQL Server to use the maximum RAM say upto 22GB RAM ?

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In the boot.ini you need to add in the /PAE and /3GB switches.

Within SQL Server you need to use sp_configure to enable AWE. Set the maximum server memory to 22528.

<pre>exec sp_configure ‘allow AWE’, 1
exec sp_configure ‘max server mem’, 22528
reconfigure
go</pre>

After doing this you will need to reboot the server.

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