Win Svr 2003 R2 x64 install problem

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by murgam, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. murgam

    murgam MDL Novice

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    Hi there,

    I got job few days ago and found myself in following situation:

    They bought Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 , but they didnt installed it because they allready have 20 TS cals for Win 2003 Ent. So, they bought Win 2003 R2 Downgrade media kit x64. Problem is they didnt saw is in machine itself. On Asus PC-DL Xeons doesnt support 64 bit instructions.

    So what are my options: from free to cost ones? How can I use these DVDs without buy anything else?

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. 100

    100 MDL Expert

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    If it's not an x64 CPU there's no way to make use of the x64 DVDs. You will need an x86 version of Server 2003.
     
  3. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    As a coaster?

    Seriously? If you have the licence (even it is for a wrong version) just read the stickies & learn...

    sebus
     
  4. murgam

    murgam MDL Novice

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    Sorry but can you explain to me what to you mean by "as a coaster". My english is bad :)

    thanks for answers
     
  5. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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  6. chuchuj

    chuchuj MDL Novice

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    Its funny, I have the opposite problem. I have just installed 8GB of ram in a server, only to find a 32-Bit OS. We need x64?

    Is it possible to just swap?
     
  7. 100

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    No, you have to do a clean install. It certainly makes sense for a server to run x64, because even though the x86 OS itself can use more than 4 GB RAM through PAE, a process's memory space on x86 will still be limited to 2 GB, or 3 when the /3GB switch is used. MS is offering their server products only for x64 for a reason.
     
  8. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    You mean only newer products?? Server 2003, 2003 R2 or even 2008 come as x86 & x64 flavors :D
     
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    Yeah, I mean their current products. Except for SQL Server, there are no x86 versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, etc. They started with Exchange 2007, where the non-trial version was only available for x64 versions of Windows Server.