What's the best method to change from Server 2008 32-bit to Server 2008 64-bit?

What's the best method to change from Server 2008 32-bit to Server 2008 64-bit?

Post by BadBoy Hou » Sun, 20 Sep 2009 20:13:37


We've got a member server running Windows Server 2008 Standard 32-
bit. The server holds data in shared folders and also 3 SQL databases
on SQL Server 2008. The server currently has the max 4GB RAM.

I've had confirmation from the developers of the 3 packages that their
software will now run on the 64-bit version of Server 2008. To take
advantage of the extra RAM that the 64-bit version of Server 2008
allows you to install I'd like to put the 64-bit version of Server
2008 on the server.

The operating system is installed on the C: drive of the server and
all the data is stored on the D: drive.

What would be the most sensible way of getting Server 2008 Standard 64-
bit onto our member server?

Am I looking at a format and then re-install of the 64-bit version? I
presume there's no easy way of changing?

thanks
 
 
 

What's the best method to change from Server 2008 32-bit to Server 2008 64-bit?

Post by Ace Fekay » Sun, 20 Sep 2009 22:00:34


It's a reinstall. There is no upgrade path from 32 bit to 64 bit. Backup any
data, SQL, desktop, anything else that may be on C: drive, then run the
install opting to delete the current C: drive for a fresh installation.

I assume C: and D: drives are separate spindles and not just partitions.

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What's the best method to change from Server 2008 32-bit to Server 2008 64-bit?

Post by BadBoy Hou » Mon, 21 Sep 2009 01:21:54

no - the C: and D: drives are simply two partitions on the same drive.
 
 
 

What's the best method to change from Server 2008 32-bit to Server 2008 64-bit?

Post by Ace Fekay » Mon, 21 Sep 2009 02:52:38


I see. I was just curious. In any server scenario, I've always opted to have
a physical or logical spindle (such as RAID1, 5, etc) point to a drive
letter. There is no real advantage performance-wise, to split up a physical
spindle in multiple partitions. Otherwise, say your data is on D:, and a
user selects to copy data from their mapped drive that points to a share on
D: drive, and there's a system I/O function in progress to C: drive, the
system has to wait until the C: drive function has completed. If separate
spindles, it happens simultaneously. Yea, I know some say it's for security
so an attacker thinks of C: drive first, but those guys can easily enumerate
all drive letters anyway.

But as far as your base question, it's a reinstall.

Ace
 
 
 

What's the best method to change from Server 2008 32-bit to Server 2008 64-bit?

Post by Meinolf We » Mon, 21 Sep 2009 19:48:23

Hello BadBoy,

As Ace already stated it is a reinstall, ther eis no way to upgrade OS architecture
form 32 to 64 bit. Because it is SQL i suggest to use the SQL forum/newsgroup
to get support.

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

microsoft.public.sqlserver.server
microsoft.public.sqlserver.setup
microsoft.public.sqlserver.tools

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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