64 Bit Print Server in a 32 bit virtual machine
Posted on 2010-04-01
My team and I have run into a quite common problem. One of our clients decided it would be a smart idea to go ahead and buy a bunch of 64 bit workstations, primarily for cad, we soon discovered that we could not install print drivers on the server, probably being that it is a 32 bit server, don't take my word for it, i'm not the primary guy on this job, but i can get all information needed if i don't provide enough. Anyways, for now we have a solution were we can install the print drivers locally, but it would save a lot more time and money if we could install print drivers on the server. Now this is were i got the idea of hosting a virtual 64 bit machine inside one of thier servers, they have 3, and we already have VMware set up on one for disaster recovery. In my mind we should be able to turn this 64 bit virtual machine into a print server, just a small server with the print drivers to send out. Right now in shop i've tested with Sun Virtual Box, and i can confirm i can load a 64 bit os onto a 32 bit os, but the problem is i have no 64 bit machines here to test my theory. I wanted to ask if my idea is logical and possible, and if so if i'd be going about it the right way, or any problems i might run into.