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Topic Title: Windows 2003 64 bit Server support for Opteron
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Created On: 04/16/2004 12:32 PM
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 04/16/2004 12:32 PM
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I am planning on building the following server
My Server:
-2xAMD Opteron Model 244, 1MB L2 Cache 64-bit Processors (1.8GHz)
-4xMushkin 184Pin 512MB ECC Registered DDR PC-3200 (2GB Total)
-Tyan AMD-8000 Chipset Server Motherboard for Dual AMD Opteron CPU, Model "Thunder K8S" S2880GNR
-Thermaltake Black Xaser V Damier Full-Tower Case Model "V5000+"
-64-bit PCI-X to Ultra 320 SCSI Controller Card
-Antec 550W Power Supply, 24-Pin, Model "TRUE550 EPS12V"
-3xSeagate 73GB 10,000RPM SCSI Hard Drive, Model ST373307LW - RAID Array w/Parity
-CyberPower 6 Outlet UPS with Automatic Voltage Regulator, Model "CPS1250AVR"

My question is this:
Does Microsoft have a non-beta version of Windows 2003 Server that is 64 bit enabled? This sever is for a client and I cannot in good faith set them up with a beta version OS. Anyone know what the deal is as far as 64 bit Operating systems go?

And to preanswer a bunch of reply - I am NOT looking outside of Windows for my OS. (In other words don't tell me about Linux / UNIX / BeOS / Whatever)
 04/18/2004 05:05 PM
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Windows 2003 Server for 64 bit Extended Systems' ">http://www.microsoft.com/windo.../extended/default.mspx is still in beta. No firm date for release, but published speculation is Q4-2004' ">http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=15220

QUOTE Anyone know what the deal is as far as 64 bit Operating systems go?

What do you mean ?


 04/19/2004 10:30 AM
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Would windows 2003 Server 64-bit edition work well for video editing and sound creation?

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 04/19/2004 03:42 PM
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QUOTE Would windows 2003 Server 64-bit edition work well for video editing and sound creation?

IMHO, it (meaning Windows 2003 64 bit edition, not referring to AMD64 cpu's) would not work "well" -- At least not as of April 2004, it should work better in the future.

Older applications (32 bit) should run under 64 bit windows. However, many audio and video applications use specific cards for data capture and manipulation. Drivers for peripheral cards do need to be re-written, and it will be some time before many of the specialized cards will have native Windows 64 bit drivers.

You can find a partial list of drivers available for 64 bit windows AMD64 Device Driver Support for Windows® and Linux' ">http://www.amd.com/us-en/Proce...2252_875_10454,00.html

I think the good news is that since the Intel EM64T are compatible with AMD64, you will see the more adoption of 64 bit windows by software and hardware vendors.
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