Exchange 2007 x86, will it ever happen?

Posted on 2007-10-02
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Is MS planning on releasing Exchange 2007 for 32 bit machines in production mode?
Question by:cas_three
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    Accepted Solution


    Why would they?

    It is almost impossible to purchase a 32 bit only server now and that has been the case for almost 18 months.


    Author Comment

    Oh, ok, sorry, I'm not a hardware person.

    Can you explain further about that please?  I have a 32 bit server that was purchased about a year ago, so you are saying that is probably 64 bit capable?

    We are looking to migrate from Notes to Exchange soon but money could be an issue, looking for a way to not buy a whole new server.  We have a spare we would like to use.

    Thank you in advance
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    Assisted Solution

    The processor ID utility at should tell you if your server's processor is 64-bit capable.

    Funnily enough, the only way to get the Exch 2007 mgmt. tools on a 32 bit XP or Vista machine is to get the 32-bit Exch 2007 evaluation software. :/

    Author Comment

    Gotta love MS!!

    Thank you both, you have been extremely helpful!
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    Expert Comment

    Microsoft have released a separate tools download for 32 bit OS which is supported. It is the actual server itself that is not.

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    Expert Comment


    Here are links to photos of 32Bit & 64Bit.  As you can see, attempting to install the 64Bit version on a 32Bit machine gives an error message.  However, the 32Bit version exists and works fine.



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