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SQL Server 2008: Administration in Action by Rod Colledge

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7.1. Memory configuration

As we saw in chapter 3, most versions of SQL Server 2008 can address the amount of memory supported by the underlying operating system. However, like previous versions, 32-bit editions of SQL Server 2008 are constrained to 2GB of RAM unless configured with special settings. Let's begin our coverage of memory configuration with a look at 32-bit memory management.

7.1.1. 32-bit memory management

All 32-bit systems can natively address a maximum of 4GB of memory (232 = 4,294,967,296 bytes). Until recent times, this limitation wasn't an issue; a quick scan of older documentation reveals terms such as very large when referring to memory beyond 4GB. In today's terms, systems with 8 or 16GB of RAM are considered normal, making ...

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