SQL Server Performance

Is SQL using all my memory?

Discussion in 'Performance Tuning for Hardware Configurations' started by Carlton, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Carlton New Member

    We just upgraded our SQL server to 32GB of RAM, Windows 2003 EE, SQL 2000 EE. SQL has AWE on, set for max memory of 28GB, and dynamic memory allocation. SQL Enterprise Manager indicates it is only using 4GB of memory. Is there any way to verify this is true, and if so, why is it not using the full 28 GB?

  2. Adriaan New Member

    Perhaps it just doesn't need to claim more RAM. Dynamic allocation, so it tries to claim only as much as it needs to.
  3. Carlton New Member

    That was what I said, but my boss has his doubts. I was looking for a way to know for sure.
  4. bertcord New Member

    I take it you are running SP4 on x64 hardware....SQL Server is still a 32bit application in this configuration therfore you need to enable AWE and set max server memory.

  5. Luis Martin Moderator

    I missing something or SQL Enterprise only can reach 8GB?

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  6. bertcord New Member

    x64 supports more memory, the MAX SQL server can use I think is 64GB

  7. Carlton New Member

    The hardware is x32. SQL EE supports upto 64 GB of memory, Windows 2003 EE upto 32 GB memory. Normally, x32 only supports 4 GB of memory. AWE is what enables SQL to use more, and PAE enables Windows to use more.
  8. bertcord New Member

    EE edition on 32bit only supports 8GB of memory.
  9. satya Moderator

    To get more information on memory consumption by SQL server use PERFMON (SYSMON) to capture memory, SQL SERver: Memory counters.

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  10. Carlton New Member

    I found the boot.ini was missing the /pae switch. After adding it and a reboot, perfmon shows SQL total server memory as 29,369,256 KB.

    Thanks all

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