Run Access 97 on 2008 std. server - 64 Bit

I have a client who ordered a DELL PE T610 Server with 2008 Std. Server 64 bit installed. He ordered it then told me about after it arrived. He uses some legacy apps that store data in Access 97 MDBs. and cannot upgrade.

I believe that Access 97 will run on only 32 bit OS's. Anyone know of a way to make this work?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Assuming you cannot change your server back (and probably do not want to), there are a few options:

1. Run VMware on the server and mount a workstation machine like XP Pro and run Access in there. Performance might be an issue.
2. Run VMware on the server and mount another server OS (Server 2003 32-bit for example). This is more expensive than (1) but will probably work better.
3. Get a spare PC to run the Access database and have users attach to that machine. Again, performance is likely to be an issue.

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If this server is only going to house the backend database files and the apps will run on workstations it shouldn't matter
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