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We have a number of MS Advaced Server 2003 systems in place and we are adding a few Dell 2950 systems. We notice that we can also use the x64 bit version on these machines which is an option. What benefits will we see if we start using the 64 bit systems? Is it worth the change? Any drawbacks?
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Depending what you need to have on those systems, that can be huge benefits if using 64 bits option. But I recommend that you should go with what you know best.
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The document posted by and235100 might go into some of this (I didn't read it).  But here's my take on it:

Memory limits are not as bad - in fact, you can use FAR more RAM in a 64 bit system with a 64 bit OS than you can on a 32 bit OS.  Though your hardware probably won't support anywhere near the maximum RAM capability of the 64 bit platform.

Certain applications/servers will now only work/be supported on 64 bit versions of Windows.  For example, Exchange 2007 REQUIRES 64 bit operating systems.

HOWEVER, there are not quite as many compatible hardware products for 64 bit operating systems.  You NEED 64 bit drivers for all hardware and NATIVE 64 bit software for any needed software such as Antivirus or CD/DVD burning software for any hardware that you plan on using.

Before you choose what version of the OS you want to use, I would suggest you determine what the server will do and select the OS accordingly.
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Answers above should be nice to have, but why the grade is C?
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I agree - why grade 'C' - my answer especially gives you a full run-down on the benefits of x64 - according to Microsoft - and you were asking about Windows Server w2k3... - so perhaps they should know.
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I am new to using this service, should all answers receive a grade A regardless of their complexity? Also it appeared that I had to divide a limited amount of points accross the respondents. what is the custamy and fair way to do this? Guidance please.
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When you ask the question, you are asked how many points the question should be worth, from 20 to 500.  If you think it's easy, then you assign 20 points.  If you think it's extremely difficult, you assign 500 points.  (People tend to assign EVERYTHING 500 points - but that doesn't mean they are right in doing so).

In my opinion grading should be as follows:
A Grade = The comment(s) selected DIRECTLY answered the question asked OR provided an equally effective (or better) solution using a method you didn't even consider.
B Grade = The comment(s) selected provided an answer but wasn't quite ideal.  For example, someone asked you if you made a specific setting and you didn't know where that setting was.  You asked for clarification but the expert never returned and no one else commented so you had to research exactly what the comment meant.  It was correct, had the comment included instructions for how to do it in the first place, you could have resolved this much quicker.
C Grade = The comment(s) selected did NOT directly answer your question but DID indirectly lead to a solution - sort of "got you thinking about something and THAT lead to a solution".  For example, you want to create 50 users in your domain quickly and someone suggests using a windows macro recorder of sorts to do so.  This gets you thinking and you remember you can script it.  The macro program is a form of scripting, but really the saw thing - but it helped you remember a way of doing it that worked great.

If you appreciate the answers given, *I* believe you should ALWAYS explain why you chose the answer(s) you did and why you gave the grade you did.  You prevent a bunch of questions like "why the C grade" and such with this simple act - and keep in mind, these questions remain in the database and if someone has a similar problem and this question comes up in a search, your explanation will help someone else solve the problem, knowing WHY you chose and graded as you did.

Awarding C grades without such explanations CAN result it you annoying those answering them and they won't want to answer YOUR questions anymore.  Keep in mind no one answering your questions here is paid.  Everyone volunteers their time and awarding points appropriately thanks them appropriately for taking the time to offer an opinion or answer.

Again, this is how I recommend doing things.  How the site recommends handling things can be found by clicking help in the upper right corner of the top of the page and then by clicking on Closing Questions.  I believe my philosophy is similar.

I agree, this should not have been a "C" grade - in my opinion, given the relatively limited answers, I would recommend a "B" grade.  If you don't want to change it, that's your option, but one or more of us can request the question be reviewed and changed anyway.  If you would like to change the grade (to an A or B), post back and I'll reopen the question (I'm also a Zone Advisor here so I can do that for you - I do not reopen questions I've participated in unless the asker specifically requests it).  Then it's up to you to select the new grade and re-close the question.
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how do you change a grade, i have not been able to finmd the function to do that
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If you ask a new, 0-point question here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/General/ you can request the question be re-opened for re-grading.
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After I read all comments, I wish I dont make much trouble here for Tsolano1.
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Thanks for that, tsolano1.
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