How to simulate Dell GX270

Hi every one,

I have a computer which has a specilazied software installed on it which I can't find the software any where, unless I pay big $$$ for it, this program is installed on a Dell Opliplex GX270, I'm wondering if I can tansfer this program and even the OS to another computer which has a different BIOS, Motherboard (like GX620) is this even possible? can I use VMware or any program like this to simulate GX270 on a different computer?

Thanks,
Kiarash
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Brad HoweDevOps ManagerCommented:
Hi,

First off, applications are rarely hardware specific unless you are using enterprise software.  Since you mentioned a GX270 Optiplex which is a userend desktop, I would suggest you just virtualize it using vmware converter and then use vmplayer or vmware server (both free) to host it.

vmware converter
https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=converter

vmware server
https://www.vmware.com/products/server/

NOTE: VMConverter does take some time to convert so be patient.

Hope it helps,
Hades666
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kiarash13581979Author Commented:
Thank you for your answer, that is a good idea but is there any easier way? because user that will be using this windows based program doesn't have too much knowledge of computer and running the VMware on his computer.
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Brad HoweDevOps ManagerCommented:
You could also get a copy of Acronis 10 with Bare Metal Restore feature and backup the machine to an image and re-image it to the new machine.

http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/advanced-server/

We use this for our servers to restore to different hardware classes if required. It essentially, stripes the HAL and creates a new one.

Just grab the trial, install it, backup the host, and restore it to the new machine. It will then be a phyiscal machine just like your GX270 on new hardware.

Cheers,
Hades666
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