Windows XP Pro x64 On SBS - Trials and Tribulations

I recently installed Windows XP Pro x64 on a Windows Small Business Server 2003 network. The install went smoothly with a few exceptions. When I ran the Connect Computer Wizard I received an error from the Fax Client and the ISA 2004 Firewall Client was also missing when I was finished. Apparently the Client software is not compatible with the x64 version of XP.

I was able to setup the Fax Printer using the software from the x64 CD and that seems to work fine. A search of the Internet brought bad news on a x64 ISA Firewall Client, It doesn’t exist yet. Not a real deal killer because it will connect with IPSec just fine. According to Dr. Shinder of fame a x64 version of the ISA Firewall client is coming. 

Before Installation I had found the basic drivers I needed for the PC and burned them to a CD. They installed without issue. The system had a raid array which proved to be a bit of a challenge finding the pre-install drivers. The community user group for the x64 addition of XP was a lot of help locating a suitable driver.

The network has a Samsung ML-2251NP network printer that has no drivers for the x64 version of XP at all. Drivers seem to be a big problem for x64 and the hardware vendors are really out to lunch on making them available.

There was a x64 driver available for a Samsung 2050 printer so I used it and it is working. The secret, install it on LPT1, tell it not to check for auto configuration settings, then change the port to a standard TCP/IP port pointed to the IP address of the printer.

One of the pleasant surprises during the install was from Computer Associates antivirus.


On install it detected the OS and installed the 64-bit Edition of the anti-virus software. Nice touch CA. Small footprint, daily updates and a x64 version??. Sweet!




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