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HP ProLiant compatibility with Windows 2008

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I have an HP ProLiant ML350 G5 server that is part of a 3 server LAN and is presently configured as a file server running Windows 2000 server.

We are consolidating the LAN down to this one server as the other two servers are actually PCs configured as DC running Windows 2000 server.

Can I run Windows 2008 Standard on this server? the only version of it I can find is R2 and that is supposed to only work on 64-bit servers and this server is not.

Also without getting into too much of what this server will be doing, what is a good range for memory for a single server network running 2008 with 8 users?

thanks!
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by:Brad Howe
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Hi,
Support for 32-bit processors (x86) was been removed with Windows 2008 R2.
Windows 2008 Standard,Enterprise,Dev (IE non R2) will install just fine. Based on your requirements and not knowning what apps will be running on the server, 4GB would be the max since it is a 32Bit OS.
Best Regards,
Hades666
 
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by:Brad Howe
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Here is more details.
 Windows Server 2008
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/cc196364.aspx 

 Windows Server 2008 R2
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx
best Regards,
Hades666
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by:RSchierer
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So if I read all this right, I cannot install 2008 standard because now it is R2 and they have removed 32-bit compatibility? And max memory for a 32-bit server is 4GB.

OK, so since the client will not be up for buying a new 64-bit server, what are my options?
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Brad Howe earned 500 total points
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Install WIndows 2008 (Standard,Enterprise or DEV) depend on the version you purchased.
See windows 2008 R2 downgrade rights here.
https://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/downgrade-rights.aspx 
Cheers,
Hades666

 
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by:RSchierer
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I finally understand it all now! Thank you!
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