Sunday, November 27, 2005

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 ISAserver.org 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.

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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!

 

 

 

Posted by Stevereno on 11/27 at 08:38 PM
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