Category: Hardware

Run 350 Nano Server Virtual Machines on a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with Hyper-V in Windows 10

If you're a frequent reader of my blog articles on this site, then you're already aware that I recently purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad P50 with a Xeon CPU, 64 GB of RAM, and upgraded it to SSD hard drives as shown in my previous blog article. I tweeted that it wouldn't be complete without a few PowerShell stickers: I received a response from Jeffrey Snover wanting to know how many Nano server VM's could be run on it: I took that as a challenge and decided to spin up as many Nano server Read more [...]

Upgrade to SSD Hard Drives in a Lenovo ThinkPad P50

I recently purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad P50. It's certainly not the sleekest machine on the market, but don't judge a book by its cover. I picked this model because it offers an Intel Xeon CPU and up to 64 GB of RAM in a 15 inch laptop. My previous computer was a Dell Latitude e6530 which is about the same form factor, although the older one is a little thicker and slightly larger and heavier due to the extended battery that sticks out of the back of it. The ThinkPad doesn't have an optical drive Read more [...]

ASUS Eee PC 1101HAB Netbook RAM & Hard Drive Upgrade

Read this entire blog before beginning this process since there is an issue with SSD hard drives and Windows 7 in this particular netbook model. I will also warn you that this is one of the most difficult machines to replace the hard drive in that I've seen. First, remove the battery and hold down the power button for 30 seconds. Memory Upgrade Turn the computer upside down. Remove the single screw from the memory cover: Remove the memory cover: The memory cover has clips on both Read more [...]

Initial Configuration of a Dell PowerConnect Switch

You have a new out of the box Dell PowerConnect Switch and need to assign it an IP address so you can remotely access and manage it. Connect a 9 pin serial (female to female) cable to the switch. You’ll probably need a USB to Serial Port adapter on the computer end since most computers (especially laptops) no longer have serial ports. Open up Hyper Terminal or another terminal emulation program. Configure the connection for: Bits Per Second = 9600, Data Bits = 8, Parity = None, Stop Bits = 1, Read more [...]

Memory Upgrades Beyond Manufacturer’s Recommendations

We've probably all heard to check with your computer system or motherboard manufacturer to find out what the maximum installable amount of memory is for your computer. I'm guessing that's what most of the third party memory companies do also since who in their right mind would go against the manufacturer's recommendations? I suggest also checking with the motherboard chipset manufacturer. I own a Dell XPS 410 that's used as a test machine. The operating system is Windows Server 2008 R2 with Read more [...]

Memory (RAM) Upgrade for your Personal Computer (PC)

While RAM (Random Access Memory) seems to be a simple subject, I can tell you from experience, if you want problems that are difficult to troubleshoot, buy cheap RAM or a cheap power supply and you will more than likely regret it. There are several reasons to upgrade the RAM in your computer such as to boost performance, increased requirements of a new software application, planning to run virtual machines, etc. Whatever the reason, you’ll need to check to make sure you have an empty memory slot Read more [...]