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can windows 2008 be installed in 32-bits server. If so can I have a link to the Eval download for w2008 R2 32-bits.

How is the R2 version different from other versions. In other words, am I going to get extra feaures from R2?

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I'm 95% certain the answer is no to 32 bit servers.  2008 was the last to include 32 bit versions, if I remember correctly.  2008 R2 shares the code base with Windows 7.  Further, based on information I've heard/demonstrations I've seen, it's misnamed.  2003 R2 was a few feature packs and a few other "minor" updates that didn't change the kernel.  And my understanding was that R2 editions were supposed to have the same kernel with additional updates... 2008R2 is a different kernel and therefore, it's more like Server 2010, not 2008 R2.

Among the enhancements, FANTASTICALLY improved terminal services comes to mind.  There's also enhancements in the kernel for processes and memory utilization, processor utilization (meaning a "greener" server using less power).  There will be some GUI enhancements similar to Windows 7, but it's going to still be, largely similar to what it is now (in terms of GUI).  Really, I'd say most of the changes are under the hood that will help both performance and power utilization.  (from memory - there could be other stuff I simply am not recalling).
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For now I have a 32-bits servers, so if I install windows 2008 Enterprise(32-bits) and set up a domain, then later when I buy 64-bits servers can I move my existing domain from windows 2008 Enterprise (32-bits) servers to windows 2008 R2 servers, without reinstalling everything from scratch?

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You don't need to reinstall the domain from scratch - you would add DCs and transfer roles.  IF you had 32 bit operating systems on 64 bit hardware, THEN those servers would need to be reinstalled from scratch - there is no upgrade from a 32 bit installation to a 64 bit installation.  But if all your current servers are 32 bit, then you would ADD 64 bit servers  with 64 bit operating systems to the network.  THEN retire the 32bit servers.  The DOMAIN doesn't necessarily need to be rebuilt from scratch.
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