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hello expert,

I have a windows nt workstation that is configure a bdc.
Because microsoft has cease support for this os it seems many software vendors
has follow suit.
Recently i purchase a modem and dell powervault tape drive and
as expected there is no drivers for windows nt on the resp diver cds.
Since i am not ready to upgrade to windows 2003.
i was think if i could intall vmware on the bdc  and then install windows 2003 in the vmware.
enviroment hence i can install and use devices that has not window nt support.

thanks
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Hi jomfra,
I had a look at Dell Support pages (http://support.dell.com/support/index.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~ck=mn) and found that at least some of their PowerVault drives have drivers for NT4.  Have you checked your specific model?

The modem (I take this to mean dialup modem) is probably either a hardward modem, and will likely work with Windows standard external drivers like Hayes, or the modem will be an internal modem with a chipset by Rockwell, or some other chipset vendor.  If so, then a substitute driver will likely work, but some experimentation may be required to find one that works well.

Installing VMware on an NT4 server so that you can install Windows Server 2003 on it will probably not work very well.  I'm not saying that you can't, I just don't expect it to work very well.  VMware is a great product suite, but if the server is running NT4, then it probably has some age on it.  If so, then the speed, RAM, etc are probably not going to be fast/big enough to support the emulation of hardware to run a 2003 class software.  If it works, it will be pretty limited.

If you can't get the hardware working in NT4, then I would suggest attaching the hardware to another box and using it from there temporarily until you can upgrade to 2003.

Hope this helps,
Alan
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hello alan,

>> Have you checked your specific model?

model dell powervault 100t .

i tried the link you provided nothing for my model only item is firmware update
and utility software.

thanks for all the advice

keep up the good work
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Hi jomfra,

I had another look at Dell's support site, http://support.dell.com and found a number of powervault 100t models, dds, dat, ide, etc.  I looked several and found that they seem to either have tape software or tape drivers.  Keep in mind that a lot of backup software, Backup Exec for example, work better with their own drivers than with the normal hardware vendor's or microsoft's drivers.  Go with the dell support pages and have a try.

I'll try to watch this thread in case you have followup comments.

good luck,
Alan
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