Will the IBM X226 Server (8848) run Windows 2008 X64?

Posted on 2011-09-07
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have an older server that I have been asked to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 X64.  I believe it'll install and run but how efficiently. It has a single Xeon 2.8GHz with EM64T, 2MB L2 ECC Cache, and Hyper-threading 4GB RAM.  I believe the EMT64 is the feature that will allow me to run a x64 bit OS.  Is that correct?  I'll have to also add memory for this particular application and do not want to spend the money if it'll not work but be pitifully slow.  I think I know the answer to that but want other input.  Thanks all!  
Question by:Don Coleman

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I don't suggest you install win08 on it , see below link

windows 2008 is not in supported list.

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Not the best, but it'll run:-

Your e-server xSeries 326 (Type 8848) System Specs
System specs as shipped by the manufacturer.
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Memory:DDR PC2700, DDR PC3200
Memory Type: DDR PC2700, DDR PC3200, DDR (ECC)
Maximum Memory: 16GB
Slots: 8
Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700, DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 2GB per slot.*
*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.

The memory can be expanded to a maximum of 16GB using PC2700 DIMMs, and to a maximum of 8GB using PC3200 DIMMs.
How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running. 32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS. More information about OS memory maximums can be found here.
Memory or DRAM is the 'working' memory of the computer. It's used to store data for programs (sequences of instructions) on a temporary basis

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PS. new memory tends to be more expensive for these older servers, cheaper to get reconditioned memory from ebay or similar
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by:Don Coleman
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My mistake.  It is a 8488-34U.  xSeries x226.
It is not on maintenance or support so I do not think is matters if it is not supported just whether it'll run.  
I think it is somewhat futile to install Win2008 x64 but... I was asked.  

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I suppose you'll get the benefit of going up to 16GB of memory!  But by the time you do so and have paid for a win2008 license you could have got an up-to-date replacement server with a cheap oem license...

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Not supported on the IBM website, then if it's not your money, that sounds like a good excuse.  Problems with win2008 x64 driver would be the call.

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check this website (, your processor is supported 64 bits OS.

I believe you can install win08x64 on it, but make sure you have enough memory for your application.

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gortm001 earned 250 total points
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I do not know why someone is sending you to the HP website, when you have an IBM server ;-)
but according to IBM, Win 2008 x64 should run on the 2.8GHZ/2M/800 XEON

Installation instructions:

And yes, more memory is better, but I have Win2008 R2 running here on a similar box, with only 4 Gb and it fits my needs. Even running two Hyper-V Windows 7 machines on top of it no problem.

(needles to say it's my study system ;-) )


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XD~~~ KG, you are right.
but the main point I want to express is the processor support 64 bit OS

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