SQL Server Performance

Total Server Memory Incorrect in SQL 2005

Discussion in 'SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning for DBAs' started by scaldwell, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. scaldwell New Member


    I have SQL Server 2005 Standard box running on Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise with 8gb of ram. I have the /pae & /3b switches set in boot.ini and awe enabled with a min of 2048 mb and max of 6144 mb in SQL Server.

    I've been running performance monitor and show target server memory at 6291456 kb but total server memory at 30976 kb. This has me confused. Also, sqlservr.exe is only using ~59,000 k in task manager. Does this seem correct? I would expect to see the .exe using 2 gb at least.

    Any advice or input is greatly appreciated.


  2. scaldwell New Member

    Well, after some additional research everything is performing properly. The task manager cannot report AWE memory correctly and total server memory is the amount of memory sql is using..not the total amount it can see. I'm glad no one spent any energy responding to this one.
  3. satya Moderator

    I would never trust the Task Manager values and always take SYSMON counter values to get more information.

    Satya SKJ
    Microsoft SQL Server MVP
    Contributing Editor & Forums Moderator
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