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 P50with a Xeon CPU, 64 GB of RAM, and upgraded it to SSD hard drives as shown in my previous blog article. I tweetedthat it wouldn’t be complete without a few PowerShell stickers: ](/images/2016/03/p50-stickers.jpgp50-stickers)I received a response from Jeffrey Snoverwanting to know how many Nano server VM’s could be run on it:
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 CPUand 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.