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Wamp Stack on Windows Server 2003 64 bit
Will it work and what are potential problems?

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Msg#: 3929131 posted 11:02 pm on Jun 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have a client running Windows Server 2003 64 bit, and I would like to install a WAMP stack. I understand that 64 bit systems can run 32 bit software if no hardware drivers are needed. Can this work, has anyone done this, and what should I look out for when installing and troubleshooting?

Thanks for any help or comments



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Msg#: 3929131 posted 4:37 pm on Jun 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is this for a test server or a live environment? There's certainly no problem in running Apache 2.x under 64-bit Windows (personally I have Apache running on my home machine running Vista 64-bit). Bear in mind that the compiled version of Apache available for download is a 32-bit version, so you will not be able to use the full resources of the machine, for example if the RAM exceeds 3Gb.


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Msg#: 3929131 posted 3:56 am on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks. Good to hear that you are running Apache 2 without problems. This will be a production server in an office. I know that I'll need to run 32-bit software, including PHP, MYSQL, OpenSSL, Joomla, etc. I'm looking at WAMP server or XAMPP, but would be open to other solutions. I looked at Apache2Triad because I read it had an advantage in security and was used more often in production environments, but further research showed that it is no longer being developed or updated.


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Msg#: 3929131 posted 10:27 pm on Jun 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

After a more thorough review of the WAMP stacks available, I've decided to install the software needed seperately. XAMPP isn't recommended for a production environment, and I don't believe the other all-in-one solutions are either.

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