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Running 32bit Software on SBS 2008 Standard 64bit

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I am planning to migrate some software from a XP 32bit workstation to our SBS 2008 Std 64bit Server but wanted to know my options as far as how to deploy.

At this stage I was looking at using Virtual PC with a WinXP Pro 32bit OS and simply run like this, but as I am new to the world of SBS 2008 I am reluctant to jump in without asking EE.

Any suggestions?
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It really depends on what software you are using.  MOST 32 bit software will run without issue on 64 bit operating systems.  The exceptions are generally (but not limited to) software that interacts directly with hardware (like Antivirus programs can do and DVD/CD burning programs can do) and older 32 bit software that may require a 16 bit installer (I personally have not run into one of these situations more than once and I can't remember what it was).  Without more information, I think that's the best advice we can offer -- other than to say test it and/or contact the software maker and ask.
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The software provider has already commented that installing on 64bit will not work and there is zero support for those that dare.

That said, I am reluctant to install, so wanted to know what others in this situation are doing.
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Then you have your answer.  Even if you can do it, you SHOULDN'T.  Running a (presumably) important business application in a manner that is unsupported is unwise.If you can, switch products - things are moving to 64 bit so if the vendor has no intention of upgrading their product to support it, you should, in my opinion, have no intention of continuing to use their product any longer than is absolutely necessary.
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I do agree that I have my direction that I will not install App on Server in 64bit, but still looking at my options. Assuming that my client needs this application for 6 - 8 months, I need to secure a solution so they can use it until there comes a time when they can upgrade or ditch.

Have you run VPC on SBS 2008 before or something similar?
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You DO NOT want to run Virtualization systems on SBS directly.  HyperV, VMWare Server, and I believe (haven't tried - wouldn't try) Virtual PC can all cause serious problems with SBS.

You CAN run SBS in a virtual machine (as a guest), but NOT as a host.

Is this application a server app or something people need to directly interact with - you need to be more specific.  If it's a server app, then you can get away with running it on an XP system (virtual is fine but the host of the virtual cannot be the SBS server), provided it needs to be accessed by 10 or fewer people at any one time (connection limit to XP is 10).
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The application is Visiplan, which is basically a SQL backend and the workstations (<7) have a client installed.

I intended on creating a Win XP Pro VM on Virtual PC, which would run on SBS 2008 box. So, the SBS 2008 is on physical hardware, and simply running the VM.

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I'll repeat:
You DO NOT want to run Virtualization systems on SBS directly.  HyperV, VMWare Server, and I believe (haven't tried - wouldn't try) Virtual PC can all cause serious problems with SBS.
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Gotcha - sounds like a job for a standalone WinXP Pro workstation.

Cheers leew!
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