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I recently installed SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB on a Dell XPS 8700 (I7 12GB RAM) with the intent of relegating the existing boot up HDD to be used simply for extra storage.

Cloned the HDD with both Symantec Ghost and Arconis  True Image WD edition, changed the boot up sequence in the BIOS and let her rip.  Exact same results with both cloning software.

Seems it completes a partial startup.  Network including my VPN connection to the office (started with a start up task in task manager) both seem to be working (I get the DUO text/prompt on my phone for MFA).  So "something" is working but the login screen never comes up and I get an arrow (my pointer plus the small rotating blue circle.  THe SSD is doing "something" as the activity LED is going mad.  Let it sit for an hour and it never came up.

SanDisk support suggested that the source drive must have some issue so to prove them wrong I cloned it to another HDD and it booted up fine.  Appears specific to the SSD.

Anything I'm missing here?  Have used Ghost over a thousand times over the years and never had this problem.  ONLY difference here is that I left the old boot drive in the system.

Any help appreciated.  SanDisk support not really responsive taking 2 days or more to receive a reply to my follow ups.

A client running a Dell R620 with three disks in a RAID 5 reported amber blinking light on one of the disks though the OS (ESX) was running fine. I suggested buying a replacement which was delivered complete with hot-swap tray. The client swapped out the drive, but the Amber light continued. I thought it might be tagged as Foreign, so I scheduled a visit.  
When I rebooted the server, I went into the RAID controller to clear the (New) Foreign disk config and add it as hot spare so that it would begin rebuilding the RAID.

However, when I got in there the first disk (0) shows as MISSING, the New Disk (1) as Failed, and the third (2) as Online. I shut down and re-seated all of the drives, but no change.

The RAID is in a FAILED State, and with RAID 5 (which this is) you can’t rebuild if two disk fail or are unreachable.

I tried putting the old disk back into Slot 1, but now when I reboot both Disk 0 and 1 show as MISSING.

I also receive "There are offline or missing virtual drives with preserved cache. Please chack the cables and ensure that all drives are present." message.

I read some articles about re-tagging the Virtual Disk. Does this sound like a viable solution?

Any help would be appreciated.
Quick Question

Can Dell EMC UnityVSA

Provide stretched Cluster?

Note: That's the VSA (virtual SAN) product NOT VXRail

A bit off topic but completely relevant:
I have a client with a pair of 4-year-old Dell tower servers with Microsoft Volume Licensing copies of Server Standard 2012R2 and the servers have Dell’s better support, so called Pro Support Plus. Dell has recently changed the terms of their support agreement and now they refuse to support any system tht doesn’t have OEM server software installed, with the OEM sticker on the box. Exchange 2013 is now out of mainstream support as of April 2018 and as I said, Dell now refuses to support these systems and I decided it made more sense to just migrate to Exchange 2016 rather than pay retail per hour rates or fighting Dell’s legal department.

I’d be interested in talking with anyone who thinks they could help me get Dell to reinstate the 5-year support agreement that we aid so much for, but that’s not directly relevant here. Meanwhile, Microsoft enterprise support won’t support any product that is out of mainstreams support without paying another $500 per incident fee. But they’d support 2016 under the existing contract.

So, rightly or wrongly, I decided to install Exchange 2016 on a Hyper-V guest and then turn off the 2013 exchange server. If this was a seriously dumb move, I will walk away from the exchange 2016 and try something different.

Which brings me to the technical question(s): how simple is this to do while the 2013 server is in production? The Server 2012R2 Standard host only has only one guest on it but the license …
I have a Dell Optiplex 3020 (SFF) Small Form Factor running Windows 7 professional.

The back of the computer has a connection or a DP monitor and a connection for a VGA monitor.

The computer has Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600/ HD Graphics 4400/ HD Graphics

The CPU is Intel Pentium G3220 (Dual Core, 3MB Cache, 3.0 GHz, w/HD Graphics)

Serial - support Serial / PS/2 Add-in Bracket or Serial / Parallel Port PCIe Add-in Card
Parallel - Serial / Parallel Port PCIe Add-in Card

I currently have a monitor with a VGA connection to the computer.

I would like to replace the VGA monitor with two 24" monitors for a dual display (extended desktop).

Question:  Can I attach a device to the computer's Display Port, that will allow me to attach two DP monitors and extend the display?

or Purchase a graphics video card and insert it into one of the motherboard's slots below, that supports dual monitors?

Dell Optiplex 3020 motherboard slots
or if you have another suggestion, I am open to it.
i think this windows update crashed my computers KB4494440

i have mostly Lenovo laptops and dell computers, when i checked after pushing this update , the update failed but the laptops still keep crashing

errors coming from FLTMGR.SYS, restore computers are also failing

Hi, i have a DELL T330 server running vmware esx 6.0, recently the motherboard went bad.

It boots up now, but hangs on RUNNING VPXA START

any ideas?
Is there a list of supported SFP or SFP+ transceivers for the Dell / Compellent SC4020i
Hi  - I have a Dell PowerEdge T110 Server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials. It froze up, so we had to do a hard reset. It came back up, went to the screen saying it had issues, and it showed the %, got to 100%, rebooted again, it went thru the POST, including the RAID config etc, then after a few minutes it showed the Windows logo, and at the bottom showed the gear spinning (which made me hopeful) but then it just went to a black screen, and has stayed there. Anyone have any ideas?

We current have a VMware 6.5 using a Dell Equalogic PS6000 SAN as the backend storage. Unfrotunatley we have two datastores that have extents that cover two physicaldevices, so I plan on vmotioning the vms off the datastore, delete and the recreate the datastore without the extent on the other storage device. On the SAN the storage is split into several volumes used for storage. When I have tested, I have deleted and recreated the datastore fine no problems, but on the volume on the SAN any used space within the new datastore has simply been added to the in se space on the volume. The SAN has no idea that the datatstore has been recreated (I assumed that the new datatstore would be able to use upto the in use space the volume thought it had before growing the volume). I'm guessing that my only option is to vmotion the vm's onto another datastore. Delete the datatstore and back end volume on the san. Recreate the volume on the san and then the datastore and then move the vms back?

Looking for a script to uninstall McAffee from new dell machines.
We have a DELL MD3000i array with dual-controllers (A/A). Last week, one of the controllers went bad due to memory parity error (or aka. Memory Consistency Error) and we took a huge performance hit. We ordered a replacement and swapped it out, the error was still there.  We thought we may have received a defective part, so we got another controller, but the error doesn't go away. We took out the battery and memory from the controller, waited 2 mins, then popped it back in, but still no luck. Does any one know how to correct this issue? Does something else needs to be done beside putting the controller in offline mode before swapping?

Summary : RAID Controller Module Memory Consistency Error
Storage array:  MDPLSHELP01
Component          reporting problem:  RAID Controller Module in slot 0
 Status:           Online
 Location:  RAID Controller          Module/Expansion enclosure, RAID Controller Module in slot 0
Component          requiring service:  RAID Controller Module in slot 0
 Service          action (removal) allowed:  No 
 Service action LED on component:  No
 Replacement          part number:  
 Board ID:  1532
 Submodel          ID:  63
 Serial          number:  63V10XX
I have plugged in this dell dual pcie nic card ( Link ) into port 0 of my pcie slot on my HP Z800 Workstation and it is now beeping 5 times when i start the server and it also shows the following during boot:

207-incompatible DIMMS Detect
       slot CPU0 DIMMS
203-Memory module failed self-test and failing rank was disabled
       slot CPU0 DIMMS
207-incompatible DIMMS Detect
       slot CPU1 DIMMS
203-Memory module failed self-test and failing rank was disabled
       slot CPU1 DIMMS

When i allow the workstation to load it states that it is only using 8 GB out of the 12 GB that is actually installed on the Workstation

When i remove this PCIE card the workstation will load without any beeping or reported errors as above and will show it is using all 12 GB of memory installed!

Any ideas how to resolve this?
Device ManagerHi,

 I have a DELL Latitude E5570 laptop. It had Windows 7 and I upgraded it to Windows 10 today, but the problem is that the LCD screen display nothing when it boots.
 I can see DELL logo and Windows 10 Log (4 small squares), but I don't see the logon screen.
 However I can connect to that computer remotely using Spalshtop software or Remote Desktop program.
 in Device manager, there are yellow marks on Video Drivers. I downloaded latest video drivers and chipset program and installed them all, but I can't get rid of these yellow marks.
 When I connect the laptop to an external monitor using HDMI cable, nothing is displayed on the external monitor.
 Can you help?
Hi All,

We currently run VMware at two sites. Both sites use Dell SANS for storage. We have a few production vms that are managed from site 1 but the datastore is on site 2. The naming of the datastore to SAN volume do not match for many of the datastores. What is the easiest method to marry a VM datastore to its volume counterpart on the SAN?

Hi, we have just had Avaya IP Office and Voicemail Pro installed on a Hyper-V Virtual Server (A Dell Poweredge R7040 with 32GB RAM Intel Xeon Silver 4109T 2Ghz (2 Processors). The Avaya virtual server has been running fine since Christmas but over Easter it crashed. The telecoms guys that support it say that for 1-100 users it should be at least a 4 Ghz Processor (we have 75 users) and 2-3 cores.

Now, I can shut it down tonight and give it an extra processor, but would we really need to upgrade the processors to faster ones? It's a fairly new server and I thought that the Xeon Silver 4109T although low Ghz are pretty good? Thanks for the help.
Dell N3048P's switch connected route disappears and re-appears, causing intermittent issue.

 * Indicates the best (lowest metric) route for the subnet.

Default Gateway is x.x.x.x
S      * [1/0] via x.x.x.x,   21h:51m:28s,  Vl100
C      *x.x.x.0/24 [0/0] directly connected,   Vl100  -----------> this disappears and re-appears every minutes or so. When it disappears, it can't talk to certain resources.

I checked the switch and uplink ports and don't see any errors or misconfiguration.  Nothing int he log too.

Good Dell shared storage?

I have four hosts that need shared storage between them.  All the hosts are Dell so I prefer Dell storage.   Entry level...say 30TB at the most using some existing 3.5 inch SAS drives.

Dell S4810 Switch's backup VRRP is responding as default gateway, which I think it i causing some issues.

Does anyone know why the router acting as backup for several VLANs are responding and acting as the gateway when it is in backup mode?  We can see this in the traceroute.  This is not happening to all VLANs but some VLANs, which I think is causing the latency issue we're having.

I see nothing in the logs or not VRRP state changes.

thank you in advance.
We have a super weird thing happening.  We have two Dell R730 servers, both with Perc H810 controllers in them.  The two servers are connected to an IBM V3700 and a Dell MD1220.

Last week, we rebooted the first host and at the boot, we got this error:

"LSI-EFI SAS Driver:
Unhealthy status reported by this UEFI driver without specific error

UEFI0116: One or more boot drivers have reported issues
Check the Driver Health Menu in the Boot Manager for details.

One or more boot drivers require configuration changes.  Press any key to load the driver health manager for configurations."

So, we got that after the reboot and after some googling, we decided to move the Perc H810 out of the second server into the first and it booted right up, no issues.  So, we chalked it up to a bad card, ordered a replacement, put it into the first server and it booted just fine as well.  There you have it, we had a bad Perc card.

Now, fast forward a week.  Server 1 has it's new Perc and it's running great, seeing all of the storage and we are happy.

Server 2 is running great with it's Perc card that we stole from server 1 last week and life is good.

Now, tonight, I need to reboot server 2 and boom, it hangs and is now reporting the exact same error as noted above.

Pressing any key does nothing.  The machine will not boot into anything...iDraq doesn't even kick work when it's in this state.  All we can do is remove the Perc card and it boots normally.

It "could be" that…
Latitude E5520 with clean install of Windows 10 Pro v1809 onto brand new HDD.  Everything works great, except the wireless adapter after a short period of time will show the exclamation mark and it will not communicate with anything.  The troubleshoot fails to resolve anything, the drivers are all updated, BIOS included, and Windows updates are current as of this writing.  No AV is installed yet, as testing is being done first to prove the laptop is still viable option for the business client.  He did not have any wireless problems before, just very slow.  Old HDD was in failed state (SMART) and data was recovered only.  The data hasn't even been restored yet, until laptop passes all tests in Windows.  It has nothing to do with power options, since the laptop doesn't even have to go to screen saver to fail on wireless.  The WiFi connection never drops.  Disconnecting and reconnecting will solve only temporarily.  WLAN is Dell 1501.  The laptop doesn't have any verified drivers for Windows 10 (Dell).  Appreciate any thoughts.
Ok Experts here is a dozy for us...
Unlocking domain accounts on our computers takes about 20 seconds, doesn't matter the hardware, old computers, new computers, doesn't matter. Started Monday, no changes to Group Policy were made.
Additional info: Remoting (RDP) into the computer is instant, like it should be, being physically at it seems to cause the issue. Any computer is doing this doesn't matter the specs, how many monitors, and/or what video card make/model. All the computers are Dell and the hardware firmware and driver versions doesn't matter either.
Background: We needed to turn off the AppReadiness service due to several users getting black screens after login, you could run commands manually however explorer wouldn't load.
We were very behind on updates on all of our compute devices and seem to have caught up, however this is annoying us now.

Please let me know if any additional information is needed, the whole RDP is OK but physical is not is really puzzling us. Logon does take a hair longer as well, but folks aren't complaining to us about it.

Thank you!!
I have a new Dell R440 Server on which I need to install Win Svr 2012 R2.
I have the iso file on a file sever which is connected to the same switch.
The server takes forever to boot up to the virtual media and when it does and the OS installation begins, the copy process is again very slow.
It then fails after reaching about 10 %.

I am trying now to boot from a USB key which i made from the iso image using Rufus, but it says it failed to boot from USB device.
Do see attached picture.

My question is: is there a particular bios setting or other settings that i need to configure before I could be able to boot from the USB key?
Also, what possible reason could there be for the slowness i am experiencing when booting from the Virtual Media (iso located on file server)?
When I turned my AIO dell on this morning, the monitor was solid green. No text, no beeping..nothing. I tried unplugging the power to it for 15 sec. then a second time for a full min. I also tried unplugging all peripherals and then restarting it. Still green. Any thoughts?
I've got a Dell B2375dnf Mono Multifunction Printer, that was given to me, that works fine, other than if you're trying to jam pack the automatic document feeder. I wanted to reset back to factory defaults, but doing so requires an admin name & password. After trying the defaults & finding out that no one from office has a clue what it might be, anyone have the answer in here?






Since 1984, Dell has been delivering technology to fit your life.
Dell is in Enterprise, Home Office and Consumer sectors of the market, supplying a broad range of customizable desktops, laptops, notebooks, servers, storage, and network devices.