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Are there known problems with using a 64bit server as a file/print server for 32 bit XP workstations?

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I have a Dell PE1950 64-bit server running Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition SP2.  This is a member server in our domain.  I plan to use it as my file and print server for a network of Dell Optiplex 620 & 745 32-bit workstations running Windows XP Pro SP2.  Are there any known problems with this configuration?  Any problems with running 32-bit applications on this server?

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by:Chris James
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Not that I'm aware of.  Mine works fine.
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The systems are independent, there are no issues at all with doing so. The XP machines have no idea whether the server is running 32 or 64bit.
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The only issue to watch out for is to make certain that 64-bit drivers are available for all the printers.  If you have some consumer-level printers in there, chances are they won't be available..

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If I can't find a 64-bit driver for one of my printers, can my 64-bit server serve up the printer's 32-bit driver?
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No, since you won't be able to install the printer on the server, so there will be no way to load alternate drivers.
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If stuck you can share the printer from a workstation, though this is not a convenient management solution.
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