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  • I have a 32 bit processor, but would like to practice using Windows server 2008.

    Are there any suggestions?

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:22 PM

Answers

  • Hi Trman61,

    Welcome to the forum. You're in luck. Windows Server 2008 was the last Windows Server to run on 32-bit hardware. Every other server from Windows Server 2008 R2 onwards required a 64-bit processor. Therefore, if your 32-bit system is not being used for any other purpose, you can simply wipe it clean, install Windows Server 2008 on it, and get to work, provided your system meets the minimum requirements.

    Following is the link to Microsoft's official hardware requirements for Windows Server 2008. Please note that the actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb414778.aspx

    If you don't have a copy of Windows Server 2008 to practice with, here is a link to an evaluation copy of Server 2008 Enterprise that allows a trial period of up to 240 days (6 months). After this period expires, you can simply wipe, reinstall, and go practice again.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8371

    BTW, I'm just curious as to why you would want to be practicing with old Windows Server 2008 technology instead of the current Server 2012 software, but I suspect this might be due to the limitations of your older hardware. Anyhow, in whatever you do, I wish you success.

    James

    • Proposed as answer by Mr. Wharty Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:30 PM
    • Marked as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Tuesday, December 4, 2012 1:41 PM
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:14 PM

All replies

  • You can run x86 version of Windows Server 2008 in virtual PC if you have enough RAM on your system.

    Marek Chmel, WBI Systems (MCTS, MCITP, MCT, CCNA)
    Please Mark As Answer if my post solves your problem or Vote As Helpful if a post has been helpful for you.

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:49 PM
  • Hi Trman61,

    Welcome to the forum. You're in luck. Windows Server 2008 was the last Windows Server to run on 32-bit hardware. Every other server from Windows Server 2008 R2 onwards required a 64-bit processor. Therefore, if your 32-bit system is not being used for any other purpose, you can simply wipe it clean, install Windows Server 2008 on it, and get to work, provided your system meets the minimum requirements.

    Following is the link to Microsoft's official hardware requirements for Windows Server 2008. Please note that the actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb414778.aspx

    If you don't have a copy of Windows Server 2008 to practice with, here is a link to an evaluation copy of Server 2008 Enterprise that allows a trial period of up to 240 days (6 months). After this period expires, you can simply wipe, reinstall, and go practice again.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8371

    BTW, I'm just curious as to why you would want to be practicing with old Windows Server 2008 technology instead of the current Server 2012 software, but I suspect this might be due to the limitations of your older hardware. Anyhow, in whatever you do, I wish you success.

    James

    • Proposed as answer by Mr. Wharty Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:30 PM
    • Marked as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Tuesday, December 4, 2012 1:41 PM
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:14 PM