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  • Hi All,

    In our environment we have server with 8GB RAM with default sql memory settings is 2147483647 MB and we have got SSIS, SSRS and SSAS running.

    Now based on above settings what would be the recommended memory settings for SQL server?


    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:14 PM


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  • Hi,

    IMO 8 G of memory is less when you have SQL Server with SSIS,AS,RS. In current scenario you must configure max server memory and also give SQL Server service account Locked pages in memory privilege

    You can read below link for how much memory SQL Server would require


    You must use perfmon counters and use counters mentioned in below link to read exact value for Max server memory


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    • Proposed as answer by Sofiya Li Wednesday, September 3, 2014 9:20 AM
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    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:22 PM
  • Hi

    If you dont throttle SQL it will use as much as possible. What is the requirement for your application? If it is 4Gb then make SQL that but dont let it use everything and then the server starts paging, this causes high disk IO.

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    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:22 PM
  • One important point here is, you have to always analyse the useage of your databases ( SQL Instance or SQL Instances ), and also any other applications on the same host, so based on all these calculation and findings we can allocate the  memory to sql and OS.. sometimes sql instance might require more memory based on the usage and some times  host applications may required more memory based on the applications high resource usage.

    Its worth of starting with this below article :


    Best is to baseline your database server usage during your full business cycle as that will give you the best number based on your workload using below PERFMON counters :

    • SQL Server:Buffer Manager\Page Life Expectancy
    • SQL Server:Buffer Manager\Page reads/sec
    • Physical Disk\Disk Reads/sec
    • Memory\Available Mbytes
    • SQL Server: Memory Manager - Total Server Memory
    • SQL Server: Memory Manager - Target Server Memory

    If you are going to use any formula or online calculator to calculate SQL Server memory configuration then best is to read below link....


    Also read below links to get more idea  before following any method.. I am sure there is no direct method to decide the memory settings, its all based on your sql instance usage and application usage...



    Script to calculate Max memory..


    Raju Rasagounder Sr MSSQL DBA

    • Edited by RAJU RG Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:26 PM
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:20 PM
  • Is it 32 or 64 bit server? Start with setting MAX memory to 6GB

    sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1



    sp_configure 'awe enabled', 1



    sp_configure 'max server memory', 6144

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    • Proposed as answer by Sofiya Li Wednesday, September 3, 2014 9:20 AM
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    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 4:43 AM