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If I have a a Windows 2003 Server Standard can it run a system with 2 Quad Core Processors?
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by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
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         Hi JaxBanker
               Yes it can run with 2 Quad Core Processors.

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But will it see all eight of the cores on the processors and utilize them if needed?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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It should.  Windows licensing is based on a per socket basis, not a per processor (though that old terminology still lingers).  A current version with appropriate service pack SHOULD see and use all 8 or 16 processing cores (assuming quad core with hyper threading).
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         Hi JaxBanker
              If the question is "Can it run?" answer is "Yes". But if the question is "But will it see all eight of the cores on the processors and utilize them if needed?" then...
            Standard edition has 4-Way Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP). So processes should be utilized between 4 ways. I recommend you Enterprise edition which has 8-Way SMP. And Datacenter edition supports 64-Way SMP.

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I have no dual quad-core servers to test with, but my understanding is that the Windows Server STandard SHOULD see and utilize ALL cores from both sockets.  Before you spend the money on enterprise, I would recommend you test this with a TechNet or MSDN copy of Standard server.  In the mean time, I will try to dig up more specific Microsoft documents to address this - though the one I provide a link to earlier implies I am correct.
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       Hi JaxBanker
             User in following post claims that he had 8 processors working (with 2 quad core) in std 2003 edition

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_22506546.html

Hope he is right

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by:JaxBanker
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I appreciate all of your help. We just ordered the server yesterday and I didn't take into account the max processor's. Slipped my mind. I am still researching but I think that the server will work with it it seems but it doesn't look like the system will recognize all of the cores if I am correct in reading the responses. I have just e-mailed the manufacture who is building our server and hopefully they can get me a definite response in regards. I will post back with their answer.
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I was reading that there are bios setting that I can enable or disable that can turn hyper-threading on and off. If I were to turn hyper threading off and just run the 2 quad core processors that would allow me to keep the 8 core maximum that standard seems to be limited to. But Is this a waste of processing. Should I just downgrade the processors to 2 dual core Xeon processors and have hyper threading enabled?
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by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
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          Hi JaxBanker
                Yes there is a setting to disable HT but you DONT have to disable it. 2003 Standard is GOING TO run with your current CPUs. Do not perform any downgrades in your hardware. As I told you in theory. 4 way SMP may concern 1 Dualcore CPU x2 = 4 physical Cores, and if so, then you can all of your CPUs including HTs with all utilization.
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Thanks, I'll just keep the config that I have then like you suggested and run the 2003 standard.
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