Windows SBS2003 32 Bit - 64 Bit Upgrade Possibility

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
My Client has a SBS 2003 32 Bit with 4Gb RAM for years, everything works the way we expected and I really appreciates and happy with the stability & performance since it was built!  

Once I attempted to put/add more RAM to ease production database degraded in speed / performance but realized it won't helps due to 32 Bit O/S*

(Does it really true that there's NO other ways around the 4Gb limitation on this 32 bit O/S?!)*

There's no budget / plan to purchase, upgrade and switch to another SBS2008 box (64 Bit) equip with large memory size (can't effort due to downsizing and low work orders demand)

Should I add another standard file server box to move & host shares database / files and leave this box with Exchange 2003 remains, are there any best - alternative ways to work around the performance issue & keep the company moving on, any suggestion and recommendation?

Thanks in advance for all EE Expert advise!
Question by:howien
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    There is no way to get SBS 2003 to recognize more than 4GB of RAM so no, no "upgrade" possibility exists.

    You could add a second server as you suggest, but you already stated you aren't planning to upgrade to a newer version of SBS because of budget reasons. The cost of hardware and an OS license for a second file server would seem to fall into that same category...if you have enough money for one, you should have enough for the other. And staying on SBS 2003 as it nears the end of its supportable life (and I'm sure the hardware is *past* its supported life) is a disaster recovery nightmare. What would you do if the CPU burned out tomorrow?

    In short, there are options, but realistically once a company decides it is big enough to require a server, it needs to budget in regular upgrades as an expense of doing business. I'd strongly recommend that you reconsider replacing the SBS 2003 server., if for no other reason than for disaster planning.


    Author Comment

    Hi Cliff:
    thanks for the reality answer in quick respond, what are the options in short?
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    Live with it.
    Buy a second server to offload some work.
    Buy a replacement server with resources spec'd to handle all of the work.

    Those are your three choices.

    Author Comment


    Thank you Cliff!


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