Recently Microsoft gave us the opportunity to look at Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server R2. The later brings up a topic that some think of, some don’t worry about and others take for granted.
With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2008 R2, your hardware MUST (yes I repeat) MUST run 64 bit. You CANNOT run Windows Server 2008 R2 in a 32 bit environment. Again, like stated earlier, some of us will take that for granted as we have been running our servers in an x64 environment to take advantage of more memory for years, others of us won’t worry about it as we we won’t thing about it as we’ll be doing fresh installs and it won’t come to light, but I guarantee you and quote me, there will be a handful of those out there that will cry bloody murder as they try to upgrade their x86 Windows Server 2008 Standard to Windows Server 2008 R2 and wonder why it won’t do that.
Are you in that category? Have you been installing x64 editions for a while? Are you anticipating the 64 bit only release of Server 2008 R2?