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I need to know hardware information of a remote Dell PowerEdge R510.
I can access to this host through vSphere (VMware version: 4.1)
For example, I see 4 GB RAM (total), but I don't know if it's a single memory module or two.
Similarly, I see "Dell Serial Attached SCSI Disk" - capacity 227.25 GB, but I don't know if it is a single disk or a raid volume (and in case, what kind of RAID).
I need this to evaluate how can I upgrade hardware resources (maximum RAM and storage space), and which ESXi version could I install.
Thank you!

p.s. obviously, I have no iDRAC access.
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When I go into the monitor's onscreen menu, it shows my resolution as 3840x2160, 30Hz (connected via DisplayPort).
Next to that it shows 3840x2160, 60Hz (maximum).
Based on the information I've been reading, it looks like the Mac Mini can't do anything over 3840x2160, 30Hz so that makes sense.
However, when I go into SYSTEM PREFERENCES > DISPLAYS and choose "Scaled" for the resolution, I get only the following options:
- 2560x1440 (low resolution)
- 2304x1296 (low resolution)
- 1920x1080 <- this one is marked
- 1504x846
- 1280x720
I have an abundance of cables but nothing allows me to get this thing to 4K.  Dell doesn't support Apple's OS so they don't want anything to do with it but I've been reading online that THIS monitor is supposed to be one of the recommendations online for a budget 4K monitor.
Any help would really be appreciated.
I downloaded a Dell repair image for my Windows 7 pro but I cannot see how to burn the iso file to a USB drive.   It is too big for a DVD.
I used a USB stick that was previously created to allow recovery to boot my computer.   When I removed the USB stick and tried to boot the computer, the following message appeared:

Status 0xc000000f
An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data"

I do not have the original Windows 7 Professional 64 bit disk, as it was not supplied by Dell when I bought the computer.

Please help ASAP, I am desperate!
Is it possible to remotely update BIOS/ firmware of my Dell R720 servers hosted in Data Centre ?

Is it sufficient to simply select BIOS and FIrmware from the category ? Should I alos need to select Chipset from the category ?

Can I upload a .iso file through iDRAC, or only x32 / x64 bit is supported ?

How to remove administrative password for bios setting.?
My Dell VMware 5.5 servers were installed two year ago.  Do I need to download any patches and update the Vmware ? Should those patches be downloaded from Dell or Vmware website ? Can I simply install the latest patch or I need to install every patch one by one ? Any steps on updating the server ?

A friend has a Dell Inspiron 11 3162 that was acting up & once I got past the dog-chewed power cable, I found there's basically no disk space left on it! It appears that the HD is soldered to the mobo, so no upgrade options there. Looking at it with Treesize, the biggest space hogs are the WinSxS directory (4.2GB) & Origin Games (8.3GB). It has a couple of USB ports & a MicroSD & I planned on getting a 32 or 64 GB card or USB drive & set game preferences to use that for storage or would I need to re-install games to that location? Other than eating up one off the 2 available USB ports, any advantage to SD card vs USB drive?
I am attempting to install a Windows 7 image using WDS onto a Dell 5810 machine.  I have not been successful at getting the driver package for the 5810 to load during the imaging process. Can someone please assist in working through the issue?

Operating System Windows 7 SP1


Please forgive my complete lack of SQL experience.

I have a new DELL R230 and purchased SQL Server 2014 with it. (634-BCEL : Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard, 4 CORE,OEM, NFI, With 20 12 Media, ENG)
It looks as though it is not "pre-installed" but I have the media.

Right now the only program installed is Veeam backup which installed SQL Server Express alongside.
current Veeam SQL instance
My question is:
Can I now go ahead and install the full Microsoft SQL Server 2014 via supplied media without compromising my Veaam  install?
The full version of SQL 2014 is required for a 3rd party. They want install their product after I have SQL 2014 Standard installed.
Will it show up as it's own instance, functionally independent of Express?

Any assistance very appreciated.
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Please provide me with the URL address to download the Dell SonicWall TZ600 manual.
I need to reset the logon password for a  Dell SonicWall TZ600 router which I would like to do without erasing any of the existing settings or configurations.

How can this be done?
Any ideas why the below Test #1 fails since
both WD MyBooks are the same make/model/size/etc ?
Test #1
 1. plug WD MyBook #1 into Dell server #1
 2. open Windows 2012 R2 "Disk Management"
 3. wait about 5 minutes
 4. disk never appears
 5. reboot server
 6. still cannot get it to appear
 7. formatted WD MyBook #1 via another computer
 8. retested above #1-#7, still fails
Test #2
 1. plug WD MyBook #2 into Dell server #1
    using same power & USB cords as above Test #1
 2. open Windows 2012 R2 "Disk Management"
 3. wait about 5 minutes
 4. disk appears correctly
Test #3
 1. plug WD MyBook #1 into Dell server #2
    using same power & USB cords as above Test #1
 2. open Windows 2012 R2 "Disk Management"
 3. wait about 5 minutes
 4. disk appears correctly
 5. retested above Test #1, still fails
What training sources are available so I can better learn how to use  Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC) & OpenManage to manage and monitor Dell servers?

Are there any videos or CBT's available?
I have a Dell T410 server with a Raid controller and 4 x 146Gb HDD in a RAID 5 array. This only gives me 438Gb usable space.
I have two spare slots in the server. Which option would be best?
1) Add another couple of discs and have a RAID 5 array of 6 discs?
2) Add a disc outside the RAID configuration
3) Upgrade all 4 discs to larger capacity, say 4 x 1TB
4) Any other option I've not considered

This is a live machine so downtime is limited and I'd like to keep the risks as low as possible. It's near its end of life (SBS2008) so I just need to keep it running for a bit longer
I have a Dell OptiPlex 7050 - Core i7 7700 3.6 GHz - 8 GB - 1 TB, with 2 Display Ports, and an HDMI output port as well.
(There are no VGA ports available)
When connecting the HDMI monitor to the computer for the first time and powering it on, nothing appears on the display..
The monitor has power, is plugged into the HDMI port at the back of the computer, yet no output on the screen from the computer.. just a floating message from the monitor itself.. which proves that it's working...   (The monitor only has 2 HDMI inputs and nothing else to connect to the computer).

Can anyone assist with any suggestions?
Many thanks.
I am using Excel 2016  64Bit
Computer spec. is Dell 7500 workstation
2   X5570 processors.  24GB Ram
Using a file size 388MB with 166,000 rows and 20 columns of complex formulas.
My question is:
Why in task manager does it show a max of 1800 mb of memory usage when
program shows Not responding ?
Are there any settings in Windows 8.1 that allocate more memory to Excel ?

I have a Dell Optiplex 980 SFF which was purchased from Amazon.  The  unit appears to be in good working order, EXCEPT for the "on-board" VGA port does not work - the unit came with a graphic card and now I know why.
> I removed the graphics card because it was running very hot and for this application that this workstation will be used, simple VGA will work just fine.
> Connecting to the on-board VGA port, there was not video during POST and after a time, I could hear Windows familiar chime when completing it's boot up.
> I started to troubleshoot.
> After having to deal with a dead CMOS Battery, I was able to configure the BIOS to use only the on-board Video (aka the VGA port) and after several attempts, the only way I can get Video at POST is with the graphics card.

So, I purchased a new(??) Optiplex 980 System Board (Which also had a dead CMOS battery, which I replaced with a new one) and low-and-behold, it TOO has a faulty VGA port.  So, now I have to ask myself...
> Am I doing something wrong?
> Is this a class issue with the Optiplex 980 SSF models?
> Was the second system Board a "used" one with the same problem?

So, I thought I would reach out to the nebulous and see if this is me or something else.

Inquiring minds need help....

We are running a VMWare 6.5 environment with about 300VMs of various sizes across 12 hosts.  5 of those hosts are pretty beefy, .5TB RAM systems.  We just bought a Dell MD3200iE storage array.

I am trying to figure out the best way to divide up the space.  I am not especially knowledgeable in VMWare.  How large of slices should we split the SAN into.  Is there any good rule of thumb, like no more that xx VMs running from a slice?  or just double the VMs required space?  or no more than 10TB per slice?  etc.

Any advise would be appreciated.  Or any weblinks on the topic.

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Hello Experts,

I have just purchased a new Dell XPS 13 Laptop which comes with Windows 10 Home. I have a Windows 7 Professional license and installation DVD. What I  have done in the past to upgrade from Windows 7 Pro to a free installation of Windows 10 Pro was to simply download the Media Creation Tool on the PC and upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Can someone let me know if I'll have to install Windows 7 Pro on my new Dell and then upgrade to Windows 10 Pro as described above? Or is there another way of upgrading to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 Home without purchasing a new license for Windows 10 Pro?


I am needing to know how to boot Dell WYSE thin clients directly to remote virtual machine. I know have to start the thin client and then select RDP and connect to the virtual pc. I would like these to just boot up to the vm pc. Any ideas?
Want to upgrade the BIOS/firmware of my PowerEdge R710. It is running in Vmware 5.5.

I have changed the OS to ESxi 5.5. However, I see that those file in different format .exe , .bin, .zip.. (eg. R710_BIOS_4HKX2_WN64_6.4.0.EXE ). How can I do this on my VMware ?

Should I download them on a DVD and select each file one by one in Lifecycle controller ? Can i accept all different file type ?

Dear people,

I hope you are doing well. I am implementing for first time VMware and Dell Storage. Actually I dont have experience with them.

2x Dell R730 server with VMware images on SD cards
2x Dell N1548 switches
1x Dell EMC SCv2000

What did I do?
 - connected servers and storage over switches
 - configured NICs and iSCSI
- Created Fault domains 1 and 2
Fault Domain 1 and 2 are  reachable. But when I click on Next I got error: Unable to retrieve data from VMWare. Please try again later.
If some have procedure how to do it, please send me.

thank you
I have been fighting this problem for over a week and short of replacing the mother board, I have exhausted my abilities.  

The laptop will not turn on (or off) using the power button.   When I started working on it I was only able to power on doing the reset cycle of unplug the A/C, remove the battery, hold the power button 30 seconds.  That did not work, but after 7 or 8 attempts, the laptop powered up.   I went in to the bios and changed the power management to power on with A/C.  At least now I can reliably get it turned on by unplugging the A/C and plugging it back in.

When its up, the full suite of Dell diagnostics (both long and short) run without no errors. Everything seems to work just fine. Wireless, HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.

I replaced the power button pcb.  The CMOS battery,  Flashed to the latest bios from the Dell site.    

Still the power button does not work.  I set the windows power settings advanced option to turn off the PC when the power button is hit -- that does not work.  I tried setting it to hibernate on a power button hit -- that did not work either.  The only strange thing  I noticed, was there is no option to have the laptop sleep when the power button is hit.  Maybe its not in windows 10.  The laptop does sleep with the sleep key and lid close.

I also tried a clean install of windows 10 64.  

I plugged it into a Dell e-dock I had laying around.  Neither the dock, nor the laptop power buttons work to power it down or up.  …
Hi All Expert,

Good Day.

My colleague has a Dell Inspiron laptop and his laptop can't even get pass the POST message and then black screen all the way, I suspect is hardware issue, but don't know is which part of the hardware, if any expert here has encountered this before kindly advise me on.



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.