What are the minimum memory requirements for SBS 2011 Standard?

The minimum recommended RAM for SBS 2011 Standard is 8GB.  There is however some variance to allow for the fact that some servers use RAM for their video memory and other things.  Below however you will see that there is a hard block on the installation process that means it will not install with less than 4GB of RAM.  Now honestly – you don’t want to run SBS 2011 Standard on less than 8GB as it may struggle depending on load.


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  2. bttr Says:

    February 16th, 2011 at 3:20 am

    From ‘[i]X[/i]:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs\SBSSetup.log': ‘The total size of the RAM is: [i]NNNNNNNNNN[/i], with a requirement of 3355443200.’

    Same as for SBS 2008.

  3. Paul Says:

    June 17th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Is there a way to bypass this memory check for the purpose of testing on a VM?

  4. Wayne Small Says:

    June 17th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Paul,
    I understand there are undocumented ways to do this, but Microsoft have chosen not to make them public.

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