MS announces support for ‘lock pages in memory’ for Standard Edition

Finally! All those customers out there who are frustrated by not being able to turn on the 'lock pages in memory' option to protect the SQL working set on Standard Edition – the wait is nearly over. Bob Ward (Principal Escalation Engineer in CSS, and a good friend of mine) announced at PASS Europe that the option is soon to be supported – in the May CU for SQL 2008 and the June CU for SQL 2005. You can read a little more in his blog entry here.

If you don't know what this is, checkout this entry in Books Online – it basically prevents Windows paging out SQL memory to disk.

[Edit: the bits containing this fix have been released for 2008. See here for details.]

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