Office & IE - 32bit or 64bit
Posted on 2014-03-20
Should I be running 64bit office and/or ie on terminal servers for users to be using? Currently I am running 32bit for both of these across the TS farm due to an existing business need, but pretty soon I will have the option to switch to 64bit.
- 5 hp proliant g7 servers each with 16GB RAM.
- Most of the users have a group policy on their machines forcing them to connect to one of these servers automatically upon log in.
- These servers are physically hosted in a data center on the other side of town from the main office which is the source (the office that is) of about 75-80% of the network traffic. The others are scattered all over the country and go over a WAN link to get to the datacenter.
- Exchange is hosted by Microsoft, not locally.
- At any given time users are using several tabs of ie including links for a home grown web application with a database back end which has a known memory leak causing some instances of ie to hang and start eating up 2 or more gigs of RAM even causing massive cpu spikes as well. This also happens sometimes when users use IE/home grown app to upload a ton of files to different sites at any given time as part of their job.
- At most there are about 55 sessions across the 5 TS's which when everything works correctly uses about 70% of the total RAM.
- Current version of Office is 2013.
Naturally, the end user experience is the most important thing.