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Can I install windows 2003 x64 on a virtual server which is on x32

Hi All

I have a x32 server running windows 2003 and MS virtual server 2005. I have a couple of virtual NT server and a win2k server. My questioins is that: I would like to create a new virtual windows 2003 server x64. Will I be able to install this virtual server even though host is only x32.

Please help

Many thanks.
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and235100Commented:
No, as far as I am aware - you need the x64 version of Virtual server 2005 to run x64 guest OS's - together with the relevant x64 hardware...
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
agreed, you cannot emulate a 64bit environment under a 32 bit environment.
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ajbrittonCommented:
If you are saying that the hardware does not support x64, then I don't think it will work. If you have an x64 capable processor running Windows 2003 32bit version, then VMWare Server can certainly support 64 bit guests.

http://www.adopenstatic.com/cs/blogs/ken/archive/2007/05/01/4486.aspx
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The catch with that is you need a CPU that supports advanced virtualization technologies.  But I admit, I wasn't thinking about VMWare as the question asked about Virtual Server.  Good job thinking outside the box.
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museudfAuthor Commented:
So instead of using ms virtual server if I use vmware I should be able to install windows 2003 x64 virtually on my x32 hardware. Please confirm
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and235100Commented:
According to:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/virtualization/archives/2006/05/vmware_outlines.html

This is feasible - but performance may be an issue. Try the utility specified in the article to confirm that your hardware is suitable for the purpose you want.
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ajbrittonCommented:
No. If you have x32 hardware, it won't work. It will only work with x64 hardware. The original question stated that the host was x32. I did not know if this referred to the host OS or the host hardware, which is why I posted the possibility of using VMWare Server. As far as I know, you cannot install 64bit OS on 32bit hardware.
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and235100Commented:
This is what I stated in the first place, surely?
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