Hi all, First of all, I have not touched sql until 2 weeks ago and I appreciate all the info I have found on this site...it saved my bacon a few times. I would like to clarify a few things though and I can not seem to find a answer. 1)I tried installing 6gb ram on one server just for testing purposes using a /5gb /pae switch in boot.ini.......but can sql dynamically configure ram when using awe? If not what should I do to figure out what amount of memory these tests actually want from the servers? 2) My users complain their workstations can complete the sql back tests we run as fast as our servers..sometimes even faster. Hardware SHOULD not be an issue here. This company spent a fortune on hardware. Here are the specs... DISCLAIMER: I was not responsible for these purchases....just for making them work Workstation Supermicro X5DAE Mobo 4GB RAM (2) 3.0 Xeons 1mb cache 2 Seagate Cheetahs 15k 73gb HD NO RAID Server Supermicro X5DAE Mobo (2) Xeon 3.2 1mb cache 4gb RAM.........trying now to set up test platform with 6gb (2) Adaptec 2200s 128mb RAID cards (5) Cheetahs 15k 73gb in 2 arrays...10 disks total each server Keep in mind I am NOT familiar with sql. I ran perfmon and used the recommended add ins to see what the server is up to when we run back tests. To me it seems our hardware is fine...I never show a disk queue more then 5 and that would be a spike, rarely a queue on my processors and I never sit at 100% cpu utilization. It will spike up to 100 for a moment and drop down to 80% or 50% rinse repeat. page split hit a max of 18 but again...that was a spike, it was usually at 0-3. Everything looks good to me...what am I missing here. Why are the workstations whopping the servers? I am really confused on the performance issue...hope you all can help.