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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    Unanswered: SQL Server 2005 and 32-bit versus 64-bit

    Hi all,

    we are about to purchase new database servers and have been offered a good deal on 64-bit Xeon machines. At present we run SQL 2000 on Windows Server 2003 both of which are 32-bit versions.

    Is there any problem using our current 32-bit Server software on the 64-bit machines (apart from not being able to utilise its full power)? I'm assuming the SQL 2005 licenses are the same price regardless of 32-bit or 64-bit version. If we buy a 64-bit SQL Server version license are we going to get the best out of it on a 32-bit Windows Server edition?

    tia - Matt

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Tilburg, Netherlands

    32 bit software will work on a 64 bit hardware platform (I have it running here as well). The other way around will probably not work because you need to have a 64 bit OS for running 64 bit software. And as far as I know, the 64 bit OS does not run on a 32 bit hardware platform.



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