Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This is a newbie question...

I have a client with a Dell R5400 machine. They are seeking additional services from us to upgrade their machine from Windows 2003 to Windows Server 2008R2 and also increasing RAM from 4 GB to 20 GB.

Is is possible to do this? How long do you think this process will take?


share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by mgorven, Wesley, MikeyB, mdpc, John Gardeniers Dec 15 '12 at 10:05

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Your question is subjective to the client's requirements, and also requires further research. Wiping the system and reinstalling the operating system will take about 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on how many patches and firmware updates are required. You need to check with Dell and see if 2008R2 is a supported OS for that hardware, otherwise you might run into issues finding drivers. All that aside, if there is a requirement to preserve some kind of existing functionality, data, or services, then you need to scope that out appropriately and that's your job to do. – SpacemanSpiff Jun 20 '12 at 2:17
Thanks but contacting Dell... urghh.. good luck with that.. they have the worst product support – user1034912 Jun 20 '12 at 2:23
I'm pretty sure the information you need is readily available on their support site. – SpacemanSpiff Jun 20 '12 at 3:52
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The machine can fit up to 32 GB in 4 DIMMs, so yes, you can upgrade the RAM. That should take you about 5 minutes, once you have the new RAM in-hand.

It looks like that's an x64 machine, so the OS install will work. Installing Windows 2008 R2 should take <1-2 hours, depending on disk speed and install media (LAN vs DVD.)

You can't do an in-place upgrade from Win2k3-> Win2k8, so you'll have to add in the time to back any data up and reinstall any applications after the OS is laid down.

share|improve this answer
Thanks, but I guess the bigger question would be wether Dell Drivers support Windows Server 2008 R2 – user1034912 Jun 20 '12 at 2:35
There's also that - but the drivers depend on the hardware you have in the specific workstation, so that's something that we can't answer for you. Get an inventory and check each one out - or just contact Dell. – mfinni Jun 20 '12 at 13:31

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.