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Does Windows Server 2008 require an x64 bit processor?

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I'm considering buying a full version of Windows Server 2008 (32 bit, not the R2  x86-64), if it's available.

But I can't find a 32 bit version for sale so I'm guessing all versions of MS Server 2008 require a x86-64 processor. And I'm not about to upgrade to that path, and if so, I'll stay with our MS Server 2003 R2 system.

So, do all versions of Microsoft Server 2008 require a x64 bit processor? Please, no links, unless it's one to buy MS Server 2008 32 bit standard version.
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by:gardara
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There seem to be some 32bit versions of windows server 2008 for sale on ebay.

And
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by:DonConsolio
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most editions of Server 2008 are available in 32bit and 64bit

Server 2008R2 is available and 64bit only

Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Server-Standard-Builders/dp/B00139OO54
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by:rotech_IT
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No it does not require x64 so long as you don't go with Win2k8 R2.

Go with Windows Server 2008 Standard
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And you have to be sure of the services you want to run, for example if you try and install Exchange, you will need 64Bit exchange on the production network, as 32Bit will see you loose many services that rely on 64bit.

AJ
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by:Qsorb
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Before I award the points and close this, here's a link that includes a description of the software, both SQL Server and Windows 2008 Server I want to buy:

http://oemdownloadsoftware.us/discounted-microsoft-windows-server-2008.php.

So, as far as 32 bit is concerned, can I assume I can buy both and they'll run on our 32 bit machine, providing everything else is correct?

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by:rotech_IT
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Yes those will work for you.
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by:Qsorb
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Thanks. That's what I needed to know.

I hope those discount sites, as in the link I gave you, are honest selling at those low prices. Does anyone have any experience buying at such OEM discount sites?
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by:gardara
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oemdownloadsoftware.us seems to be a scam

Take a look at http://forums.cnet.com/7726-12543_102-3343740.html


I would give an ebay seller with a good feedback a shot instead
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by:rotech_IT
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I agree with gardara 100%
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