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64 bit Hardware, Running 32bit Server 2003 OS, Run a 64Bit VM Server

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I am trying to plan some DR for a customer. We are going to run 2 64bit ESX Servers in their main location. In their remote location, we want to put a 64 bit Server but run 32bit Windows Server 2003. I want to know if its possible to install VMware Server and run a 64bit machine on top of the 32bit Windows.
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by:Andres Perales
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your base hardware will need to be 64 bit to support virtual machines...
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by:chipsexpert
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It will be a DELL 1950, same box we use to run ESX so it will definitely have 64 bit virtual support. If thats the case, will it work?
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32bit windows can only address 4GB of RAM.
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by:0xSaPx0
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The answer is no.

64 bit Hardware --> 64 bit OS --> 64 bit VM

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by:chipsexpert
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Right, Thats fine, I only have it spec'd for 4GB of RAM
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by:Andres Perales
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No will not work...the OS has to be 64 bit to work...like 0xSaPx0 states
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Looks like you can run a 64bit guest on a 32bit host...
see
http://communities.vmware.com/message/961626

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