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MS Virtual Server 2005 R2 - 64bit ?

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I wanted to install exchange 2007 sp1 in a 64bit environment but my MS Virtual server whch is on xeon duo core procs wont let me install ms windows 2003 64bit.

Is there a Microsoft Virtual Server 64bit version ?  I am assuming no as I cant find anything.  
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by:Sembee
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You need an updated version of virtual server. Either R2 of 2005 or Virtual Server 2007.

Or use VMWARE.

Simon.
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If your Virtual Server is installed on a 32-bit OS, then it cannot run 64-bit virtual machines. I'm assuming this is what you are trying to do? Assuming your CPU is 64-bit and supports VT technology, VMWare can run 64-bit virtual machines on a 32-bit OS, by passing 64-bit instructions directly to the CPU VT layer.
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ok thanks....so if i re-install the host OS with a w2003 64 bit OS (2 xeon duo core 5110 cpus) and then install ms virtual server2005 r5 64bit edition I should be able to install 64bit win machines on that.  Then my question becomes can I run 32 bit VM on the3 host 64 bit VM machine.

Thanks again.
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32-bit VM on 64-bit OS is not a problem for any VM software, not even Virtual server!
good luck
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by:martinmcginley
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well I know VM is way better than MS stuff but at least the MS stuff is free for now.  thanks
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Well I know have 64bit Host OS and installed 64 bit MS Virtual Server 2005 R2 and it wont let me install  64bit windows as a guest OS in this new VM environment ?  Am I doing something worng or does it just not handle 64bit wndows guest OS's ?
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I apologize. I gave you misinformation. I had not realised how much crap MS VServer is...
http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2007/04/18/virtual-server-2005-r2-sp1-release-candidate-available-for-download.aspx
"64bit guest support won't be available until Viridian"

As for free software, VMWare Server (to MS VServer what VMWarePlayer is to VPC) is completely free, and does support 64-bit Guest OS even on 32-bit OS (as long as CPU is VT-enabled).

Feel free to put a request in community support to strike my solution!
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by:priteshjchauhan
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I am about to try this in the next few days, will keep you posted.
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