Windows Update recently released Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Service Pack 3 as a high priority update. This update should be installed on all computers running the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization tool. Click here for more information about this update. Follow your normal update procedures to install this high priority update.
After installing this update, you must restart the Directory Synchronization service. You can restart the service by restarting the computer or by following the steps below.
Your next synchronization will begin three hours from the time you start the service.
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When are you going to bring out a 2008 (hopefully R2) compatible version of the Sync Tool? It'd be great if it also had AMD64 bit compatability as well. Or do you have any work arounds for getting it running on a 2008 R2 AMD64 machine?
Hi Jeremy, The Directory Synchronization tool already supports Server 2008, with the latest service packs.
The Directory Synchronization tool is based on technology that is currently available in 32 bit only, and there are no plans to change that any time soon. Your best bet for running on a 64 bit machine at this time, is to run Directory Synchronization in a 32 bit virtual machine.
I've also pasted this reply to your other post of the same question.
I hope this helps,
looks better than I seen before thank you.
Hello - I'm a bit baffled by this requirement to run on a 32-bit machine only, and also the lack of support to run directory synchronization on a domain controller. Many smaller clients would only have a single server, and likely this would be a domain controller. Furthermore, it's likely running a 64-bit OS as well. Purchasing another copy of Windows Server 2003/2008 just to run directory sync seems a little ridiculous?
Let me know if there is any other way to run this tool.
I totally agree with Chris. This is especially ridiculous because Windows Server R2 (the latest OS sold by... Microsoft) only exist in 64bits version.
BPOS support is also helpless on the issue... they even do not suggest to use a VM, they simply recommend to buy a new server...
I agree with Phillpe.
My Complete domain is NAtive Windows 2008 R2. This is olso the case of many of my customers. Windows 2008 R2 is out now for half a year. So Please Do something to support a Directory Synchronisatation Tool. If this tool doesn't exsist i Can't sell the onlie products to my Customers. So it's also in Microsoft best intrested to make thsi tool compatable with Windows 2008R2
Why in the world would Microsoft not release a 64bit tool for Windows 2008 R2? It sure would be helpful if 64-bit tool was provided, quickly.
I am also in agreement. Please come out with a 64bit version. This is an unreasonable requirement since all future platforms will be x64.
The requirements for 32-bit only and non-domain controller (but still requiring Windows Server) are absolutely ridiculous. What is Microsoft thinking?
Obviously the answer is: they aren't.
For small companies - Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Foundation is a really great product and could tie in perfectly with BPOS. However it obviously doesn't if you cant sync your AD. Very few small companies under 20 users have more than one server. Even more so if they are to use BPOS. Kind of defeats the object or are Microsoft only after the bigger fish?
Still no x64 version ? Come on Microsoft, you should find this embarrassing to say the least !!!
Where is 64-bit? Is BPOS really a division of Microsoft? What in the world--they're acting like some hokey 3rd party vendor that doesn't have the horsepower to code anything.
What on earth?!