Author Chrissy LeMaire (@cl),
Availability Windows, Linux, macOS


Want to see the source code for this command? Check out Get-DbaMaxMemory on GitHub.
Want to see the Bill Of Health for this command? Check out Get-DbaMaxMemory.


Gets the 'Max Server Memory' configuration setting and the memory of the server. Works on SQL Server 2000-2014.


This command retrieves the SQL Server 'Max Server Memory' configuration setting as well as the total physical installed on the server.

Results are turned in megabytes (MB).


    [-SqlInstance] <DbaInstanceParameter[]>
    [[-SqlCredential] <PSCredential>]




Example: 1
PS C:\> Get-DbaMaxMemory -SqlInstance sqlcluster, sqlserver2012

Get memory settings for instances "sqlcluster" and "sqlserver2012". Returns results in megabytes (MB).

Example: 2
PS C:\> Get-DbaRegServer -SqlInstance sqlcluster | Get-DbaMaxMemory | Where-Object { $_.MaxValue -gt $_.Total }

Find all servers in Server Central Management Server that have 'Max Server Memory' set to higher than the total memory of the server (think 2147483647)

Example: 3
PS C:\> Find-DbaInstance -ComputerName localhost | Get-DbaMaxMemory | Format-Table -AutoSize

Scans localhost for instances using the browser service, traverses all instances and displays memory settings in a formatted table.

Required Parameters


The target SQL Server instance or instances.

Required True
Pipeline true (ByValue)
Default Value

Optional Parameters


Login to the target instance using alternative credentials. Accepts PowerShell credentials (Get-Credential). Windows Authentication, SQL Server Authentication, Active Directory - Password, and Active Directory - Integrated are all supported. For MFA support, please use Connect-DbaInstance.

Required False
Pipeline false
Default Value

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Required False
Pipeline false
Default Value False