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I have a Dell NX3000- which is a Windows Server 2008 based unit. It has an additional cabinet full of drives attached, as well. I have spare licenses for Windows Server 2012 Standard that could be applied to this unit to turn it into a smb 3.0 server. Obviously, this is not a supported configuration from Dell but are there any known issues on this hardware series that would prevent this?

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Absolutely. The NX3000 is essentially just a "rebranded" PowerEdge R710. You can use the process below to rebrand a system back to PowerEdge if you'd like, as this will ensure full OS compatibility. It's really not much more than a "switch" that Storage Server installations check for before deploying, so your Server 2012 install may be unaffected by it. I would still recommend rebranding beforehand just to be safe though.

  1. Download non-packaged BIOS update file for NX or PE system
  2. Create a bootable DOS flash drive using a suitable utility
  3. Copy BIOS update file to bootable DOS image/drive and rename for 8-dot-3 compatibility (BIOS.EXE recommended)
  4. Once booted into DOS, run BIOS.EXE /brandname
    • Note: Using the alternate flag BIOS.EXE /FORCETYPE may be necessary in some instances

Once rebranded, you can essentially treat the hardware like it's PowerEdge sibling, aside from calling for any kind of support (will still be handled by storage support for hardware issues). The hardware is quite literally identical at this point to an R710, aside from the front bezel and your service tag sticker.

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    Side note - this has changed with 12th-generation Dell hardware, and the ability to revert to PowerEdge branding is more limited. – JimNim Sep 11 '13 at 21:05
  • You may not fall afoul of Microsoft but you might get a call from Round Rock . Read that Dell license agreement first. – Spencer Dec 16 '18 at 0:44
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I just used this method to go from a Dell NX200 to a Dell T310 and it worked perfectly except the /brandname didnt work - you need to use /forcetype and it boots as the new box - with no issues.

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  • Good stuff! I'll edit this into my instructions for completeness. – JimNim Mar 7 '14 at 20:45

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