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Looking for GPU upgrade options for a Dell PowerEdge R510 Rack-mount server.  We are integrating a security surveillance system and the client that we intend to run on the server will require a higher definition output than the standard built-in VGA that the PowerEdge R510 Server offers.  Are there any solutions for upgrading or adding an internal/external Hi-Def GPU card?
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In my shop we are heavily considering to an Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) X7-2HA to run our enterprise application RAC database.  Currently we are running our 2-node clustered RAC database on (2) R810 Dell Servers, which are end of life, run on an old version of Solaris O/S, while running on our customized Solaris Zone Cluster environment.  According to our Oracle Corp rep and their marketing this is a superior terrific approach for our application.  According to the marketing:  database in a single-box, consolidates processor, storage, networking, etc only taking 6u rack space.

I need a lot of specifics on how/why an ODA is a superior technical solution?  Any personal experience, need performance metrics and anything to help me sell this new architecture to my senior management. I already have marketing type stuff, suchas:  engineered Database Optimized to Run efficiently, independent hardware with reduced footprint, simpler approach to put database into production.  I'm looking for some meat to support theses statements.
Hi Experts,

We have 2 ESXi identical hardware 6.0 hosts directly attached to a Powervault Md3400 .On 1 host we have 2 active paths, 1 active and 1 active with (I/O) and have a multipathing policy  VMW_SATP_ALUA.

The 2nd host I see 2 active paths and neither one has an active (I/O) path nor does it have a multipathiing policy available to select on the drop down and Storage type is blank.

Is there an option to enable multipathing on Esxi 6.0? I dod not see an option in th emodulard disk store manager on the Storage Array? and did not enable any specific settings on the host that displays the paths corrently.

Hello EE,

We have several users in the UK who are having issues working in O365 Excel 2016, where the longer they work in the application, the slower it seems, and the more it keeps hanging.  They eventually have to close out and reopen Excel to get it to work again.  After some time, the issue comes back, about several times a week.

One of the users mentioned he checked Task Manager during one of the slowdowns, and memory usage had shot up.  The users have relatively new (2-3 years) Dell machines with 8GB of RAM.  This occurs with files both local and on the network.

They all have Windows 7 64-bit with O365 Excel 2016 (v.2215 to .2295).

Anything else I can look at in regards to the slowness issues?

Hi All,

I'm getting the following error message when trying to configure the idrac on a R420 Dell server running Windows 2008 R2:

"Operation has failed because configuration is disabled for in-band users"

Any idea what is causing this message

Backup question: I have a Dell 5810 Workstation:
Drive C:  Toshiba SSD 1 TB
Drive D: Samsung SSD 1 TB
Drive R: Raided 1 4 TB brand new Western Digital Black drives

I am sure that my Drive C: is failing. I have only ever backed up my data in a folder by folder method. I have current backups utilizing this method. However I wish to backup the entire C: drive just in case. Since I have 4TB free in the raid configuration is my best option to simply use Windows 10's backup software to copy everything on c: to the 4TB raid? When I replace this computer I "probably" have everything I need on drives external to the computer, but things can be forgotten and Ii want to have the best backup while the C: drive is still readable and writable. The new computer I choose will have the ability to install the two raided drives to retrieve files I might have forgotten about. So, is backup a reasonable choice? Note: I do not wish to troubleshoot this computer any further. I have had TWO motherboards replaced in the last week and am unwilling to go any further to diagnose it. I only want to oreserve my data and then never turn it on again.
Best way to install and download two VM's on 2016 Standard Server? Is it install the 180 Server 2016 Server trial then put in the key that came with the Dell PowerEdge operating system? I've had several licensing issues with VM's in the past.

Thanks in advance

We randomly get the above error and a BSOD on this high-end Dell Precision T5810.   OS freshly reinstalled, video driver updated, all hardware was replaced yet it still occurs, second machine, fresh install, same software.  It can and does occur at idol.  It is running Win10Pro, all diags pass.   I have the same exact apps running on 7 other identical machines, but this one keeps having BSODs.  The pattern is odd, it could go 3 weeks and then do two in a day.  I have thankfully seen it occur with nothing open, just happen to look at screen and BSOD.
People are saying it is Intels chipset, but no one seems to have a clue, and this one has been really challenging to resolve.
Hello I have a Dell Poweredge T320 and I want to upgrade my 300gb 3.5 15k SAS drives.  I want to upgrade them and am considering SSDs.  Can anyone recommend SAS SSD with storage size around 600gb or higher.   Currently I have a RAID 10 and the T320 has a PERC H310.
DELL T30 with SATA disk encouter disk performance issue.
3 x SATA 1 TB HDDs (Software RAID 5)
* does not support hardware controller
* Windows Server 2012R2 Std

After do some checking, notice the disk encounter very high latency on read /write the files.

- System will hang if having a read and write activity.
- Encounter very slow responding when there is some disk running (e.g. copy past document)
- Do a check, CPU and Memory usage is low, only the disk having high activity.

Any idea how can i overcome this issue? without buying a new hardware to replace this.

I'm thinking adding a Synology NAS Storage and attach as iSCSI volume and store all the data.

What do you think?
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The house went dark for a couple hours and when the house became light , my wife said her computer would not start . There is no sound from fans or disk drives and no beeps and no computer lights . I looked online and read the symptoms are the best ones when your computer doesn't start .

 Is there a power supply fuse built in. Should I just purchase a power supply from somewhere ?
 The motherboard be ruined also?
Do you consider it ill-advised to install firmware updates on a hard drive? Context: We have two hard drives on our Dell PowerEdge R710 that aren't officially backed by Dell. We could install firmware for those but are afraid they will break and because Seagate, the drive brand, doesn't like the idea. We keep getting media errors on those hard drives even though the RAID 5 server is running drive and there are no other drive issues. Thoughts?
I have a new installation of Dell EMC Storage Server and VMware Environement. Iscsi ports have been created on the Vmware host and ports on the dell storage have the same ip addresses . I am able to ping between ip addresses . I have added the Dell storage as a target in the software iscsi initiator on Vmware as well . However, when I try to add the server to the Dell EMC SC storage I am getting an error that says unable to communicate with Vmware.
I have two Separate Hyper-V Clusters on converged storage.  (Dell VRTX). Servers are in a fail over cluster.   I would like to know the easiest way to move the the servers from one cluster to another with as little downtime as possible.  2012 to 2016  Thanks.
We're upgrading our existing Dell Windows 7 computers to Windows 10. During this upgrade, we will be standardizing the BIOS settings (Legacy to UEFI, SecureBoot, ...).   Some of the computers we'll be upgrading are BitLocker encrypted.  If the target computer is encrypted, my BIOS change steps won't run b/c there's no writable partition.

I want to do the BIOS checks first b/c I want to make sure our MDT 2013 task sequence formats the drive UEFI before continuing with the deployment.

I would like to add a step at the to check if there's a writable partition, and if not, run a diskpart script (diskpart.exe /s diskpart01.txt). I found someone who created a vb script that does this "as a startup script". I'm not sure how they implemented it.
	Option Explicit
On Error Resume Next
	Dim oShell, oFso
Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set oFso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
	If NOT oFso.folderExists("C:\") Then
  If msgbox("The C: drive is encrypted or missing.  do you want to clean it for imaging?" & vbcrlf & "THIS WILL DELETE EVERYTHING ON THIS DISK!",4,"STOP") = 6 then
   oShell.Run "diskpart.exe /s diskpart.txt",,true
   msgbox "Nothing will be deleted off the drive.  if you're attempting to image this system, then x86 imaging will FAIL."
  end if
End If

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Can you run a vb script without a writable local partition?  At the moment, I'm getting a 0x800700A1 error -> which means there's no where to copy the package that contains the vbscript.

What's the "best" way for me to do this?

Building my first Vmware cluster with a vendor specific (Dell) ISO. I have the 6.7
ISO but it appears Dell hasn't come out with a 6.7U1 ISO yet. Is it safe/acceptable
to use the Dell 6.7 ISO to install then use the generic Vmware ISO to bump hosts to U1??

Hi all.  I have a PS6100 that is no longer in production but I would still like to use it for backups/testing however, it is slightly outside of the warranty window so I'm not able to create an account with the EQL site:  https://eqlsupport.dell.com/secure/login.aspx

Is there anywhere else I can get the firmware/software?  Would anyone be so kind as to throw it up on the Internet so I can grab it?  I reached out to my rep and he said his hands were tied...Thanks in advance...
I installed Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 on a server node to be used as a Hyper-V host. I was able to access it OK, however I kept running into permission issues when trying to access an ISO image to install the OS in the VM.
I saw a tutorial that said to download "HVRemote" a Windows Script file, copy it to a USB stick and then plug it into the server node which I did. However, I was not able to access the USB stick from either a command prompt or with using PowerShell.
I was able to list all of the drives that I had mapped (as they are part of the storage that was presented to the node via the Dell VRTX chassis.

I am forced to revert back to installing Server 2016 on the node and install the Hyper-V role...

Does anyone know how to force Hyper-V 2016 to recognize a USB stick when it is plugged into the physical server node?
I have a dell PowerEdge 3200i storage (ISCSI) I have 4 IPs - port 0 -0, port 01-1, 1-0 and port 1-1
I'm trying to create my virtual switches to connect to the storage and it's not binding now matter what I try.  I've enclosed a picture of what I have that's not working.  I'm not sure at this point what to do any help would be much appreciated.  I'm using ESXI 6.0
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I have a Dell Powervault 3200i with 4 scsi ports connected to a switch.  I'm building an ESXI 6.0 server which is connect to the switch.  The switch is not managed.  I have 4 IP addresses for the SCSI ports,, and  I'm wanting to create a virtual IP for and 20.12 and 21.11 and 21.12.  I can't do it via the GUI from Dell and I can't get to the switch to configure a Vlan.  Is there anyway within ESXI that I can create 2 virtual IP's and for SCSI ports?
We have a raid 5 cofiguration, and running out of space.  It is on a dell server r620 with perc h710 mini (embeded) controller.  If I were to replace one hard drive at a time to bigger size and let it rebuild .. will I be able to increase the size of the volume on the raid without having to backup and restore?

I have read contradictory information and I want to make sure, for example below is a link that gives step by step on how to achieve this.


Dear all,

Good evening.

We have received a Dell R330 and a Dell MD1400 and we need to configure the storage system, and create an NFS file system exported through the R330.
Does anyone has performed similar configuration of the storage? Any technical references available?

Any help would be appreciated.

We have been getting these errors on Physical Disk 4 on our first virtual host:

There was an unrecoverable disk media error during the rebuild or recovery operation: Physical Disk 1:0:4 Controller 0, Connector 1

I did what it said to in the comments which was to swap it out with a new disk. However, after doing this and letting it rebuild, the same error repeats over and over again.

What can I do to stop this? All the lights show as green on the OpenManage console and in the rack itself.

This is a Dell PowerEdge R625 with 4 disks on RAID 5.
Hi All
Looking for your opinion, I have just upgraded a HP DL360 G7 with 2 x Intel SSD 2TB drives RAID1 also there are 2 x 1TB Sata WD Red RAID1 on the same controller. Using Proxmox hypervisor. I moved 4 VM's from a Dell PE R715 across to my HP, all working fine except I am not seeing the speed gain that I expected. Ran some drive test with HDTunePro_570 attached the results. Can see big gains only in the Access time.

Many Thanks for your Reply

Drives used
Intel SSDSC2KG019T801 SSD D3-S4610 Series 1.92TB
Dell E7500 with 8gb of RAM running Windows 10
Intell 82567 LM-3 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter built-in
Wireless 802.11n Wireless Lan Card

I want to use the built-in NIC card and hard-wire this computer to the internet, but there are no lights when various cables LAN cables are plugged in.  I have tested the cables and the switch connection and everything seems to be fine.  There are no errors in the Device Manager.

What could be happening?  How can I best hard-wire this computer?

Assistance is greatly appreciated.






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.