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Server 2008-32bit on mirror drives - need to upgrade to Server 2012 64-bit

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hi experts, I have a server running windows server 2008-32bit with mirror drives. I need to upgrade it to Windows Server 2012-64bit to take advantage of the 12b of ram. What would be the recommended method? thank you.  Do I just back up the entire data then install windows 2012 and restore data and load programs? If I remove of the mirror drives and install it once the server 2012 is up can I just put it as a slave and restore data from it?
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First you need to make sure that your sever is a 64 bit server. Otherwise 2012 won't be installable.

Besides that, 32bit m$ Server OS's do support more than 4GB RAM. You just need to enable PAE. How much total RAM is supported depends on the 2008 server type. For example if you are using enterprise or datacenter editions of 2008, you can use up to 64GB even if it is a 32bit OS.

Otherwise yes, you need to do a clean installation of the new OS, then restore your data from the backups.
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ok thanks
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