I now have a new machine onto which I will be launching into the 64 bit world. The first step is to install Windows Vista Business x64 as the base operating system. Why? You well ask. Well, the plan is to run multiple Virtual PC's and initially I think that I should start with the latest and greatest client operating system and see where that leads me. Now sure, I could have installed Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 but I'm really interested to see whether Windows Vista 64 bit is any better than normal Vista or XP. Besides, in my experience the only way to learn is to try it yourself, although I know that I'm bound to waste a heap of time going through the process.
Hopefully I won't have too much trouble at least getting the base operating system running. After doing all the updates, the next step will be the installation of the 64 bit version of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007. Then I'll be interested to see whether any of my existing Virtual PC images work or whether I have to create "dedicated" 64 bit versions from scratch (a real pain if that is the case). Then I'll be installing SBS 2008 to give it a run through.
Hopefully along the way I'll be able to give you a run down of my experiences in the 64 bit world and whether it does in fact make things run "better". Time will tell.
Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye. Cheerio, here I go on my way....