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Testing OCS R2 on a 32 bit OS ? YES we can ! By using Windows 2008 VMWare virtual machine and if you have a supported 64-bit processors!

February 14, 2009 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server

If you want to have a testing machine of Windows 2008 64 Bit with OCS R2, you can use VMware workstation 6 to install a Windows 2008 x64 experimental server and then install the OCS R2 trial Kit.

 vmware6-vm200864xd

But first, you must have a host machine that have one of the supported 64-bit processors:

  • AMD Athlon 64, revision D or later
  • AMD Opteron, revision E or later
  • AMD Turion 64, revision E or later
  • AMD Sempron, 64-bit-capable revision D or later (experimental support)
  • Intel EM64T VT-capable processors (experimental support)

Use this tool to check compatibility : (Thanks to Jan for the remark!)

http://download3.vmware.com/software/wkst/VMware-guest64check-6.0.0-45731.exe

Then, you can begin the install :

  • Download Trial VMware Workstation 6 :

http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/

  • Download Trial Windows Server 2008 x64 :

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=13C7300E-935C-415A-A79C-538E933D5424&WT.sp=_technet_,dcsjwb9vb00000c932fd0rjc7_5p3t&displaylang=en

  • Download trial Office Communications Server R2 :

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=67a3de72-7dbd-4e0b-92a5-29d0b46009a7&displaylang=en

Here’s a screen shot of an Asus R1 32 Bit OS with an Intel EM64T VT-capable, running the virtual OCS R2 x64 :

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2 Comments to “Testing OCS R2 on a 32 bit OS ? YES we can ! By using Windows 2008 VMWare virtual machine and if you have a supported 64-bit processors!”


  1. Please remember that only following CPU are supported.

    Support for 64-Bit Guest Operating Systems
    Workstation 5.5 supports virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems only on host machines that have one of the supported 64-bit processors:

    AMD Athlon 64, revision D or later
    AMD Opteron, revision E or later
    AMD Turion 64, revision E or later
    AMD Sempron, 64-bit-capable revision D or later (experimental support)
    Intel EM64T VT-capable processors (experimental support)

    Use this test tool to check if your CPu support 64bt guest
    http://download3.vmware.com/software/wkst/VMware-guest64check-6.0.0-45731.exe

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  2. All the new Intel I3 ,I5 and I7 processors support VT. you can install the VMWare workstation and run 64 bit OS easily with minimum 4 GB RAM.

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