What you are running into is a result of the difference between 32-bit and
64-bit OSes. A 32-bit system (whether on physical hardware or in a VM) is
limited to basically 4 GB of RAM. Virtual Server 2005 (any version) cannot
support 64-bit VMs; therefore, you'll never get around this issue with
This is just another big reason to move to Hyper-V and Server 2008 ASAP.
Incidentally, Windows Server 2008 already includes Service Pack 1 (install
it and go Start, Run, WINVER (Version 6.0 [Build 6001:Service Pack 1])
Hope this helps,
MVP - Clustering
MCT, MCITP x3, MCTS x7, MCSE x2, CCNA, CCDA, BCFP
"Kit" <Kit@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I am buying a Dell R900 Virtualization Server. I placing 96 GB of memory on
> it. I will be running Windows 2003 Enterprise with Virtual Server 2005.
> Windows 2008 is not allowed on our network due to it not being approved
> MS OS's without a first Service pack are not approved)
> Now inside the configuration for Virtual Server 2005 in the memory
> configuration it allows for the following:
> The amount of memory can be from 4 MB through 3712 MB (3503 MB is the
> maximum recommended value).
> Virtual machine memory (in MB): 1028
> Since I will wanting to use more than 3713 MB of memory per virtual
> what do I do (or is it only showing this since the Server only has 4 MB of
> I mean I have 96 GB I want to use at least 1/4 of since I can have 3 host
> according to the Windows license.
> Also why is the Virtual machine memory (in MB): 1028 grayed out. Why
> I change this?