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I am trying to figure out a way to increase memory usage on a server that has 3.5GB of memory. SQL Server is currenlty only using 1.6GB. I thought increasing the max memory setting would do it but it has not changed (after stop/starting SQL Server). There are no other applications running on the server. Here are my specs:

MSSQL Server 2000 Dev Edt. SP3
Windows 2003 Std. SP2
3.5GB RAM

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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What's the min memory setting?

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Min setting is 0.
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Then SQL will take just as much memory as it needs, up to the max as defined by the max server memory.

If there was a non-zero minimum, it would take at least that much memory.

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That's what I thought should happen. Although, I'm a little confused because we have another server that has much less usage and SQL Server is using close to 3.0GB of memory. Is there a Windows property that would prevent SQL Server from using more memory?
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Are you using the /3GB switch in your boot.ini file?

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The /3GB switch is not in the boot.ini file. It's also not in the other server that is using 3GB of memory.

I did a little more digging and found that AWE is enabled on the server that is using 3GB of memory, and not enabled on the one using only 1.6GB. I'm fairly new to this environment so not sure why it's on for one and not the other. Would that make a difference? I thought AWE was used only if there's 4GB or more of physical memory.
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I enabled AWE and set the max memory setting to 3GB. After rebooting, SQL Server is now using 3GB of memory. Thanks for your help!
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