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Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Administrator's Companion by Victor Isakov, Stacia Misner, Burzin Patel, Marcilina Garcia, Edward Whalen

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Memory Capacity Planning

Memory does not act in the same way as CPU, network, and I/O because there are no collisions involved in allocating memory. What you do get is the need to move objects out of memory in order to make room for other data that needs to be moved into memory. Windows Server 2003 is a virtual memory operating system. The ramifications of a virtual memory operating system have changed in the last few years.

Originally the virtual memory operating system was designed to allow you to use more memory than is actually in the system by fooling the programs into thinking that there is more memory than there actually is. In fact, with a 32-bit architecture a program or a single process can access up to 4 GB of memory even if you don’t ...

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