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Right now I'm running a 32 bit 2003 server with SQL 2005 and dynamics version 9 on it.  
We are planning to upgrade and export our existing databases to a 64 bit server running windows 2008 server and  SQL 2008 and stay at dynamics 9.  The desktops that are using the database are all 32 bit xp and vista machines.
 
I see that I will need to set up a 32 bit ODBC connection on the new server for dynamics 9 to run.  
Are there any other problems that you think might come up with this upgrade?

Thanks for your help.
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Victoria Yudin earned 2000 total points
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Your bigger issue is not going to be 64-bit, but SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.  Neither are supported with GP 9.0.  There are ways to get around Windows Server 2008 and it will most likely work, however, there are limitations with what you can do on SQL Server 2008 using GP 9.0.  One issue I have seen reported is that you cannot create a new GP company.  There may be other issues, but even with this one alone, I would strongly recommend not upgrading to SQL Server 2008 while still on GP 9.0.  Support for GP 9.0 will be also ending soon - Jan of 2011.

For 64-bit specifically, there are a number of GP components that are not supported on 64-bit.  Unfortunately, only the GP 10.0 list is published, I am not seeing a similar list for GP 9.0.  Here it is for GP 10.0: https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/support/documentation/systemrequirements/system_requirements_gp10.htm?printpage=false.
If you have any of the components listed as not supported for GP 10.0 on 64-bit, it's a safe bet that it is not supported for GP 9.0 either.  

You might also find this KB article about 64-bit support for GP 9.0 and 10.0 helpful: https://mbs.microsoft.com/knowledgebase/KBDisplay.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;918983.
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Thanks for your help Victoria.  
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