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Should I run 64bit version of Win. Server?

By sostermann ·
We just purchased a new Dell PowerEdge server with Dual 2.8GHz Xeon Processors. We ordered Server 2003 through volume licesing which came with both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the OS.

I have no experience running any 64bit software as of yet and was originally planning on using the 32bit version. Since I have the option now, my question is:

Is there any reason not to run the 64bit version?

The server will be the DC and, most likely, will never run any software outside of the server services included with the installation.

Thank you for any insight.

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32 Bit Mode

by BFilmFan In reply to Should I run 64bit versio ...

I'd run it as 32-bit, as the DC won't really take advantage of the 64-bit capabilities if it is just serving as a DC or GC.

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Good point but...

by jdmercha In reply to 32 Bit Mode

If you haven't run the 64-bit version yet, wouldn't this be a good place to start, and get some experience with it?

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Sure

by BFilmFan In reply to Good point but...

Sure it won't hurt to put it on the DC and run it, yu just aren't going to see any huge performance boost or anything.

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by FARHAN12 In reply to Sure

Hi
I think to run 64 bit will be good idea even though u will not see any performance boost. But u will use the full resources of the processor. but u might have to run a heavy application in future (eg, 64 bit database etc). then u dont have to re install that.

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by FARHAN12 In reply to Sure

Hi
I think to run 64 bit will be good idea even though u will not see any performance boost. But u will use the full resources of the processor. but u might have to run a heavy application in future (eg, 64 bit database etc). then u dont have to re install that.

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Applications should make the decision...

by X-MarCap In reply to Should I run 64bit versio ...

Do you have a complement of 64 Bit applications?

Does your system work with all the applications you need to use 64 bit. Can you afford the performance hit with the 32 bit apps.

If you have the memory and you want 64 bit performance later, load the 64 bit now and worry about backfilling the applications.

As a DC either 32 or 64 bit will do, but at this point 64 bit would be my choice...

Tim

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Run the X64 edition

by Thmiuatga In reply to Should I run 64bit versio ...

I say run the x64 edition.

If you have more than 4 gigabytes of memory (I'm sure you do)only the x64 version will utilize it. there is a memory limitation in the 32 bit version just as there is in XP Pro. The 32 bit version will not run well on a dual core system. I tried it myself and the results are horrible.

Also if you need to run virtual machines you can do that too. I doubt that can be done with the 32 bit version. I have XP 2003 Server and I'm running 32 bit software as well as a virtual machine all on 4 Gigabytes of Ram.

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Always run Server 2003 x64...

by Forum Surfer In reply to Should I run 64bit versio ...

Unless otherwise specified by client software that specifically asks you not to use it (there are some telco switching programs that don't work with x64 or hyper threading out there and being used extensively). Otherwise you're just not taking full advantage of your platform.

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32 bit; nobody will ever need 2^64B of memory.

by Absolutely In reply to Should I run 64bit versio ...

I apologize, that was stupid.

64-bit, unless you know of incompatibility with software that has already been purchased and needs to run on this server. I think you already said you don't, and I'm curious, why did you even ask? What sort of "reason not to run the 64bit version" did you expect?

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