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Dual op system-32/64 bit WIN2003

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Installed WIN2003 X64 on server. Installed software to be run via terminal services. Multiple printers need to be installed on server as shared printers attached to workstations. x64 drivers causing problems. Can WIN2003 STD Version be installed on server to allow boot option? Will installed software have to be reinstalled?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Dual op system-32/64 bit ...

Yes & Yes to both questions.

But now for the first problem while you can install both versions of 2003 you Should Not install them to the same partition/HDD. If you do you will end up with a total mess with very little working at all so you really need to install on a separate Partition/HDD depending on how big your software load is.

You'll be able to Dual Boot into each OS at the initial Boot up phase but why anyone would wish to do this is beyond me as you need to log out and restart the server to get the 64 or 32 Bit OS to run you can not just switch between the 2 as required without taking the server off line while it reboots.

Unless you have some overriding need for the 64 Bit version I would recommend that it not be used as there are no where enough drivers available for it and even less software that would make it necessary to run the 64 Bit version.

Latter when the current Beta Exchange becomes available as a production product you may need a 64 Bit server to take full advantage of the 64 Bit Exchange and the extra mailboxes and other features that it has but that is currently not as yet here and if you are running that server as a Print Server far too many printers currently available lack 64 Bit drivers and the 32 Bit ones will not work on the 64 Bit OS. Basically if there is not support for the printers in the 64 Bit Windows edition of Server then most likely there will be no drivers available for those printers and if you need both you'll need 2 different boxes one to run each system with the printers connected to the 32 Bit version till the 64 Bit drivers become available.

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