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?
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.
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.
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.