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I just got an HP Proliant DL380 G5 server (it's actually Cisco branded, but I don't think that matters), without the rack rails. I'm trying to learn some server architecture and use it as a basic server. I am looking for some rails to mount it in my rack.

What are the differences of the rails between generations? I see a lot of G6 rails with the cable management arm for sale; is it backward compatible with the G5? Or, do I need to seek out a G5 rail specifically?

If the differences are minor enough, could I simply mod the rails? (e.g. drill my own holes).

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There are actually a number of different rails and rail kits for that model of HP. What's the part number of the rails in question? – HopelessN00b Nov 6 '12 at 18:32
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HP DL380 Rail Kits:

G1 327310-001
G2 228894-B21
G3 300605-001
G4 359254-001
G5 359254-001
G6 574765-001
G7 616992 001
G8 663480-B21 (LFF) or 663478-B21 (SFF)

Note: only G4 and G5 are the same.

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I'd highly recommend against drilling holes in the chassis. Also, local resellers typically haves piles of rails sitting around they'd love to get rid of. – Chris S Nov 6 '12 at 18:45

I would just pick up a third-party rail kit at this point. Otherwise, get the G5 specific rails from eBay. They are not interchangeable between recent generations.


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