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Topic # 30170 30-Jan-2009 21:13
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Hi there!
Looking at upgrading to  Server 2008. I dont want any advice on that, but I need to know if my server can take it. I want Small Business Server 2008 (Upgrading from 2003) and I dont know if my server has a 64 bit processor.
Its a IBM eServer xSeries 206 with an Intel Pentium 4 w/ HT Technology processor.

Can anyone help?


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  Reply # 193021 30-Jan-2009 23:47
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which processor does it have in it?  if it says EM64 then you're ok.  I dont have that model server, but an x336 server I have came with several different processors over the years and the early ones were not EM64 capable. Mine will run windows 64bit but its too old to run Hyper-V (no vitualisation features).

i know you didnt ask for advice on server 2008 upgrade but i find it interesting that you are planning on 'upgrading' your existing server to sbs 2008.  When you move from 32bit to 64bit there is no in-place upgrade path, you need two physical servers.  Just wanted to be sure you were aware of that :-)

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  Reply # 193479 2-Feb-2009 18:15
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Hi there, Thanks for that.
What do you mean by 'two physical servers'? I was planning to wipe the hdd containing the Windows partition and start from scratch.

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Reply # 193481 2-Feb-2009 18:20
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He was referring to the fact that you cannot upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit without repartitioning/erasing the HDD and in most cases you would add a new server, migrated the data and then remove the old server.

Of course if you don't have a problem with erasing your current server, then go for it. Just make sure you have all the data copied somewhere safe and test the backup to make sure it contains all data you need and it can be read by restore programs.

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