16bit accounting app on 2008 server standard (64bit)

Windows 2000 server crashed and must be replaced. Running / Ran a 16bit DOS app with Pervasive 9.5, 16 user license. Need to run this on Windows 2008 server standard. All users / boxes are Windows XP or connect (4 TS users) to the server via Terminal Services.  Can ? / How ?
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According to this, NO


I wouldn't recommend 64-bit, but maybe 32-bit of Windows 2008, but I wouldn't even chance it.  I would get Windows 2008 Server Standard with Hyper-V and Run Windows 2000 Server under the Hyper-V.  Or you can also download a Windows 2008 Hyper-V server standalone and just run Windows 2000 server for Free ;-)

Bill BachPresident and Btrieve GuruCommented:
16-bit applications simply won't run on Windows 64-bit operating systems, period.

Suggestion:  Implement a second server (Win2008, 32-bit) with Terminal Services, and install the PSQLv9 client onto it.  Then, have users connect to it to run the application.

Second Suggestion:  If you still want to use only ONE server and the box has plenty of RAM, then consider deploying VMWare or Microsoft VirtualServer onto that server.  Create a 32-bit VM with the aforementioned Terminal Services stuff on it.
rdfreedmanAuthor Commented:
I found (available) Windows 2008 32 bit. It will be the last 32 bit server made. If I go with 2003 server, it is already years old and soon have the fate of 2000. I'll look further into 2008 32 bit and post back here.
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That may just work, but as you already know that this is will be the last version of Windows server with 32-bit.  I would check into upgrade path for your application.
Darius GhassemCommented:
Well if you go with Windows 2008 64-bit you have the ability to create Virtual Machines so you can install Windows 2008 32-bit in a Virtual Machine and run the 16-bit application. Just to let you know that you might still have issues running the 16-bit application on a Windows 2008 32-bit server because of memory enchancements that 2008 has. I would go with the 64-bit edition which will allow you to utilize the server more because you can create multiple Virtual machines on one server.
rdfreedmanAuthor Commented:
LANm0nk3y... If the 16 bit app runs till 2015 or so, it won't likely matter if 32 or 64 bit. If life is / should be extended, a new app software or upgrade (not likely) would be needed anyway, it seems. Going with server 2003 seems not a choice as it is near its end of life.

dariusq... Is the VM adding another layer of complication and TS also then needs a VM too. Would not 2008 32 bit do it all, local users and TS users too? Or is VM the way and go with 64 bit server? The server feeds an assortment of printers, maybe 12, dot matrix (invoices), lasers, networked and using native Ethernet connections or Ethernet Netgear print servers in the offices, warehouse, upstairs and two of those printers are in a city about 4 hours drive away. Two offices have a near T1 data link between them. Once a VM (and VM with TS) is implemented, is it ok?
Darius GhassemCommented:
64-bit is the way to go. Hyper-v will allow you to move these VMs to other servers if the server goes down or you are moving to a new server in the future. You won't have to worry about this problem again because the VMs are movable across other Hyper-V servers. You can create a VM for your TS server then create on for your printer server because to be honest with you I don't know if will even find drivers for 2008 for the current printers you have installed now so you can just install a Server 2003 VM for the print server. The great thing about VMs is that you aren't stuck with one configuration if one doesn't work.

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rdfreedmanAuthor Commented:
re printers... drivers are included and print formatting are all contained in the 16 bit DOS application - Like the old days of DOS. Driver(s) to install in the server are generic dos text (no flavoring) 'driver' and the server acts only as a pass-through / redirect / traffic cop. Maybe 8 printers to configure, all the same generic driver but different share names and ports. I will pursue the VM idea, sounds good, and also I'm waiting for the app mfg's support person to get back to me. Pervasive will run and I need only copy the two DOS directories, application, and data, from the old box to the new box, same folder names. Pervasive needs to be installed, as a service, and MUST reboot the box for it to become active. Linking the 16 bit app is automatic as it looks for Pervasive when you start the app up. Of course the needed Pervasive client software is already installed on all the XP workstations.
rdfreedmanAuthor Commented:
After doing more research for application and printer compatibility, , This solution should work good. Thanks.
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