Recently, I was at a customer implementing a full IT infrastructure – AD, Exchange, SQL, etc. – and we had a bunch of servers already installed. Most of these servers were new and they supported Windows x64, so what the heck, why not have state-of-the-art OS?
The problems arose when we started installing the Exchange Server machine. Forestprep and Domainprep went really smooth, no problem what so ever. But when I kicked the Exchange Setup, it kept warning me that ASP.NET was not installed. So after some Googling, I found out that this configuration is not supported (damn, I should have known that!).
You can run Exchange 2003 on x64 hardware as long as you install the 32 bit version of Windows. That’s what I did.
Here are some related links:
- x64 bit hardware will run Exchange 2003 on 32 bit Windows
- System Requirements for Exchange Server 2003
- Planning for a 64-bit Future
- Exchange 2003 Test Environments
P.S. BTW, the Jose on the title, it’s me: Rui Jose Silva