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Inside the Index and Search Engines: Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by Lars Fastrup, Patrick Tissegham

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Hardware Recommendations

In addition to the topology selected and the software boundaries, performance capabilities and availability are also governed by hardware limitations and redundancy, respectively. This section makes a number of general recommendations to help you choose the right hardware for your server farm. The following recommendations are primarily concerned with choosing hardware for optimal performance:

  • Buy 64-bit hardware. Although SharePoint can be deployed to 32-bit servers, it is highly recommended that you opt for 64-bit hardware along with a Windows Server 64-bit operating system. Not only does this boost performance, but it is also a more future-proof choice, as future versions of SharePoint will support only 64-bit servers. ...

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