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    Installing 32 bit apps on 64 bit server

    I have an issue with installing 32 bit apps onto a new 2008 standard + SP2 server. Basically no 32 bit app will load, I sinply get the error message about needing a 64 bit version.

    Now, WOW64 is supposed to be installed and activated as standard in a Server 2008 install, isn't it? I can find no references to installing it other than onto Server Core versions. It's a brand new machine and I installed Server 2008 Standard + SP2 onto it on Friday. Standard installation, not server core.

    So, I'm stuck. How can I get a 32 bit app to install? Has anyone else come across this issue? Has anyone resolved it?

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    You will need to find the x64 installer.

    Some x86 installers will work fine on x64 platform but not all.

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    The apps I'm talking about are SQL 2005 32 bit and SIMS. Neither will load at all.

    Where would I find the x64 installer?

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    I might be wrong, but you would need to use the x64 version of SQL i believe. SIMS running the SIMSINST.exe should work fine

    James.

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    Capita told us we have to use 32 bit SQL 2005.

    simsinst simply errors out - 'wrong version, 64 bit version needed' or words to that effect, as does SQL.

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    Oh yeah!! that is correct you have to use the x32 bit installation of SQL if its for SIMS (i'm doing the same bloody thing!/need more caffiene lol) havent started on the SIMSServer yet though.. guess i'll find out shortly.

    Sorry

    http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Foru....aspx#bm731273 < have a look here
    Last edited by EduTech; 27th July 2009 at 01:13 PM.

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    Why are you using 32bit SQL on server 2008 64bit for SIMS, capita supports SQL 2005 64bit on 2008 server?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattstevenson2005 View Post
    Why are you using 32bit SQL on server 2008 64bit for SIMS, capita supports SQL 2005 64bit on 2008 server?
    Because Capita have told us to use the 32 bit version. They say they're not supporting 64 bit SQL until support for SQL 2008 is released later this year.

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    In any event, the question I need answering is this: Why won't a 32 bit app install onto Server 2008? The OS Loader is supposed to recognise that it's a 32 bit app and launches the appropriate subsystem (WOW64). It's not doing this, any 32 bit app I try to install fails with a message that a 64 bit version is required.

    I can find no reference anywhere to WOW64 needing to be explicitly enabled, or if it does the how to enable it. I can only find references to this for the core install where WOW64 is optional.

    Why is this happening? How do I resolve it?

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    MSDN says this:

    Running 32-bit Applications

    WOW64 is the x86 emulator that allows 32-bit Windows-based applications to run seamlessly on 64-bit Windows. WOW64 is provided with the operating system and does not have to be explicitly enabled. For more information, see WOW64 Implementation Details.

    The system isolates 32-bit applications from 64-bit applications, which includes preventing file and registry collisions. Console, GUI, and service applications are supported. The system provides interoperability across the 32/64 boundary for scenarios such as cut and paste and COM. However, 32-bit processes cannot load 64-bit DLLs for execution, and 64-bit processes cannot load 32-bit DLLs for execution. This restriction does not apply to DLLs loaded as data files or image resource files; for more information, see LoadLibraryEx.
    Trouble is it doesn't seem to be enabled!
    Last edited by Number6; 27th July 2009 at 02:04 PM.

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    The apps I'm talking about are SQL 2005 32 bit and SIMS. Neither will load at all.
    I know it's a bit late, but to be honest I would forget about installing Sims on a 64bit platform until Capita support it fully, consistently across all their applications. They are unfortunately being very slow off the mark as Sims would work much better on a 64bit platform due to the high availability of memory.



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