Can I upgrade a W2K3 32bit print cluster to a W2K3 64bit print cluster?

Discussion in 'Clustering' started by Alan J. English, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. I currently have a working 2003 32bit print cluster. One node had a
    hardware failure and we have replaced the server with an HP DL360G5. So we
    were thinking we could install the 64bit version of the OS and join the
    cluster. However, I'm extremely concerned about the 32bit print drivers not
    moving over to the 64bit server gracefully or if the 64bit server can even
    join a 32bit cluster.

    Has anyone done this before? If so, what are your experiences with 64bit
    print drivers. I know I can add the 32bit versions to push to our XP
    clients, but the server will still need to run 64bit drivers, correct? I
    suppose I should verify that 64bit versions are available for our deployed
    printers first before I consider making the switch to a 64bit OS. But my
    main concern is doing the "in-place" 32bit to 64bit cluster node upgrade.

    Please advise.


    Alan J. English, Dec 14, 2007
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  2. Alan J. English

    Pepijn Guest

    I did not test it.
    I just wantted to tell you that all of your clients should be XP SP2 or else
    the clients can´t use the 64bit spooler.
    Pepijn, Dec 14, 2007
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  3. Ramon Jiménez, Dec 14, 2007
  4. Thank you for the info. Back to the drawing board......

    Alan J. English, Dec 14, 2007
  5. You cannot have x32 and x64 cluster nodes in the same cluster. Your only
    option would be to build a new X64 cluster in parallel with the existing X32
    cluster and perform a migration of your resources.

    Ryan Sokolowski
    MVP - Windows Server - Clustering

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Ryan Sokolowski [MVP], Dec 14, 2007
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