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  • Latest Post - ‏2013-05-06T13:22:40Z by Andy.SB
Andy.SB
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Pinned topic Old server running nowadays OS

‏2013-05-06T00:56:18Z |

Hi everyone,

We're a small business store which is still using an IBM eServer xSeries 236 (type: 8841-25A), the server is using Intel Xeon 3.2GHz processor, and we're using Windows SBS 2003 R2 32-bit OS on it.

The question is: can our server run 64-bit Windows Server 2012?

Thanks for the help.!

Updated on 2013-05-06T00:57:24Z at 2013-05-06T00:57:24Z by Andy.SB
  • DaveQ
    DaveQ
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    Re: Old server running nowadays OS

    ‏2013-05-06T10:38:24Z  

    Hi Andy,

    The most your server model supports is Windows 2003 / 2003 R2 32-bit or 64-bit, Standard or Enterprise editions. It does not support anything higher such as 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012.

    Since some question use of the word "supported" frequently, what this really means is you will not have have the necessary device drivers (it's not just about the processor type), and an OS installation will most likely fail if attempted from a native OS source disk. I mention that since you also cannot use the version of ServerGuide (if building fresh) needed for 2012 support since it too does not support your server model. If attempting an in-place upgrade, there also is no in-place upgrade path from 2003 or from 32-bit to 64-bit (all Microsoft Server OS's are 64-bit as of 2008 R2, which includes 2012, being higher than that).

    For reference:

    Older server Microsoft OS support: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/microsoftold.html

    Current server Microsoft OS support: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/microsoft.html

    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 upgrade options (see section Upgrading previous retail versions of Windows Server to Windows Server 2012):

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574204.aspx

     

    In short, if you need to run 2012, you will need a more recent server model.

    Good luck.

    Dave

     

  • DaveQ
    DaveQ
    132 Posts

    Re: Old server running nowadays OS

    ‏2013-05-06T10:38:24Z  

    Hi Andy,

    The most your server model supports is Windows 2003 / 2003 R2 32-bit or 64-bit, Standard or Enterprise editions. It does not support anything higher such as 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012.

    Since some question use of the word "supported" frequently, what this really means is you will not have have the necessary device drivers (it's not just about the processor type), and an OS installation will most likely fail if attempted from a native OS source disk. I mention that since you also cannot use the version of ServerGuide (if building fresh) needed for 2012 support since it too does not support your server model. If attempting an in-place upgrade, there also is no in-place upgrade path from 2003 or from 32-bit to 64-bit (all Microsoft Server OS's are 64-bit as of 2008 R2, which includes 2012, being higher than that).

    For reference:

    Older server Microsoft OS support: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/microsoftold.html

    Current server Microsoft OS support: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/microsoft.html

    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 upgrade options (see section Upgrading previous retail versions of Windows Server to Windows Server 2012):

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574204.aspx

     

    In short, if you need to run 2012, you will need a more recent server model.

    Good luck.

    Dave

     

  • Andy.SB
    Andy.SB
    3 Posts

    Re: Old server running nowadays OS

    ‏2013-05-06T13:22:40Z  
    • DaveQ
    • ‏2013-05-06T10:38:24Z

    Hi Andy,

    The most your server model supports is Windows 2003 / 2003 R2 32-bit or 64-bit, Standard or Enterprise editions. It does not support anything higher such as 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012.

    Since some question use of the word "supported" frequently, what this really means is you will not have have the necessary device drivers (it's not just about the processor type), and an OS installation will most likely fail if attempted from a native OS source disk. I mention that since you also cannot use the version of ServerGuide (if building fresh) needed for 2012 support since it too does not support your server model. If attempting an in-place upgrade, there also is no in-place upgrade path from 2003 or from 32-bit to 64-bit (all Microsoft Server OS's are 64-bit as of 2008 R2, which includes 2012, being higher than that).

    For reference:

    Older server Microsoft OS support: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/microsoftold.html

    Current server Microsoft OS support: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/microsoft.html

    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 upgrade options (see section Upgrading previous retail versions of Windows Server to Windows Server 2012):

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574204.aspx

     

    In short, if you need to run 2012, you will need a more recent server model.

    Good luck.

    Dave

     

    Dave,

    Thanks for your help, appreciate it.