Cable Management is the term used to describe how one cables up an infrastructure.

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Find a UTP cable in a live network

Is there a way to find a UTP cable in a live network, without damaging the network? The problem is we have some cables laying in the server-room from god knows where. I want to find the other end of ...
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USB having periodic connection issues over <15 foot cable run - EMI or?

I hope this is an appropriate topic for this stack exchange. I have a cable run just shy of 15 feet that connects a few monitors (3) and usb 3.0 devices (a USB 3.0 hub) to one of the servers on the ...
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Recommendations for fiber optic cable and connectors in outdoor 1000 ft. run to get internet connection to main building

I need to connect two buildings where building A has an internet connection and building B has a cat6 network with a bunch of people working inside. The buildings are about 1000 ft. apart. There are ...
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Daisy Chaining UPS Power Cable

I have a rackmount UPS. The UPS has a 6ft long 12AWG thick power cable that powers it from one of the server room's 20A wall plugs. The current orientation of the cabinets is not ideal. All but this ...
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PVC raceway/conduit for CAT5e/CAT6/CAT6A cable

This is probably a bunch of stupid questions . The scenario is of running a few (5-6) CAT cables (version undecided, depending on costs). The scenario would be something like this :- a 3G USB modem ...
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Server room wiring questions

I'm looking at rewiring our server room to be more presentable, organized, and easier to troubleshooting. Right now we currently have 4 HP racks (don't know the model right now). We do not have a ...
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Organizing cabling from patch panel to switches

The cabling between our patch panel and switches isn't a complete nightmare (like this), but is far from well organized. As we add new wall jacks, or office moves happen, cables get moved on the patch ...
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Label Scheme for Rack Mounted Equipment [closed]

Given a lot of the users on here have vast experience, what is the best way to label individual cables for equipment mounted in a rack? I was thinking something like: Port Number of Switch | ...
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Difficulty racking HP ProLiant Gen8 servers

We're an all Proliant shop with around 50 servers, mostly DL360s and DL380, from G5's through G7's. We just got our first two G8's in and went to rack them. We were stunned to find out that the new ...
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Wall jacks to patch panel?

OK, I'm by no means a seasoned networking pro and I had no say so in the design of our current server room which is in dire need of an extreme makeover. Basically, in our server room we have 12 wall ...
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I've inherited a rat's nest of cabling. What now?

You know, you see pictures like below and sort of chuckle until you actually have to deal with it. I have just inherited something that looks like the picture below. The culture of the organization ...
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What is the proper way to manage cabling behind patch panels?

I have a 4-post 19" rack with a 72-port 2U quickport patch panel where horizontal structured cabling terminates. The cables are bundled and enter the rack at the rear. From the back of the rack, ...
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Cable Routing: Can I route power and network cable through a Server Arm?

I know that power cables can sometimes interfere with network cables. When routing cables it is best to separate the power from the network cables. When using a cable management arm (like below) ...
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Pulling cable: Torsion relief

I'm laying out 70 meters U/UTP cat 6 cables between two floors, and I was wondering if someone had a strategy to remove as much torsion as possible from a cable as it is pulled from its roll ? is ...
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Stripping cat5 cable which doesn't have a ripcord

I need to patch a couple of cables. Normally I'd work with cat5 cable which contains a ripcord. The ripcord is used to pull outer insulation off without accidentally cutting the individual strands of ...
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identifying and labelling CAT 5 cables and sockets

I have a network admin problem, is there a simple and minimally disruptive way to identify for a given network cable where it goes into the switch? I have a lot of unlabelled cables and unlabelled ...
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Tool(s) for labeling cables with unique ID numbers

We are looking to (finally) implement a cable labeling procedure. We already have a labler. Now we need a system to maintain unique IDs not related to anything. I thought of getting a tally counter ...
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Adding a networking rack after the fact

I'm working on a network project where the networking equipment is located in utility closets which aren't very secure. I'd like to put all the networking equipment and servers in free-standing (ie, ...
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Cable management strategy for a small chassis switch

I'm working with a small site buildout that contains a single HP ProCurve 4200vl chassis switch. The data cabling contractor did not provision for any cable management. I'm looking at the rack ...
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Cable Management

I was given the task of (re)organizing cables in one of our racks, and I have never done this before. What system/equipment do you use to organize your cables? The rack I have is 23" and has 19" ...
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Loaded Vs Unloaded Patch Panels

What is the difference between loaded and unloaded patch panels? Is it simply that loaded patch panels come with endpoint sockets and unloaded patch panels do not?
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Patch Panel Cable Tangle

Possibly the noob-est question ever (I'm a developer stepping in to do some sysadmin stuff): I have a 48-port patch panel bolted to a wall about 10 feet from where my rack is. Right now there's a ...
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Does UPS Rack Position Matter

Short version of question: Is there any reason a UPS (or any other device) should be at a particular level in a rack. Long version (with explanation): I have a full height rack with two servers, ...
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Acquiring location - need cable map/toning/testing done in house…tools needed?

I was going to ask "best approach?" but I figured it would be closed. I know how to tone/test a cable...but I'm looking for tools, ideas, approaches that will make the following project manageable ...
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What is the easiest way to attach sata cables to the backplane of a 1U super micro case?

It seems that the raid controller breakout cable thats designed for the backplane makes its incredibly difficult to cable it. The right angle bend sata cables need to bend down, making it very ...
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Best practices for power cabling racks in DC

With network cables it is easy. I use velcro-ties, coloured cables, 0U vertical cable organizers from APC on side of the rack -- easy and neat. However with power cables it was always giving me ...
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How do I label the network ports in our office?

We have a new office that was punched down with Ethernet in every office and every cubicle. The electrician didn't mark the ports on the patch panel or the wall ports, so I don't know where say port 1 ...
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How to support 10-15 users sharing one big open space?

The company I work for is going to be moving offices soon, and the new space is completely lacking in power or ethernet cabling right now. About 1/2 of the total office space is a 30'x30' open room, ...
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Do you really need cable management for a cabinet with just switches and patch panels?

We are about to start wiring out a building expansion and our vendor has laid out the racks in the following configuration: Option 1 1U Fiber patch panel 2U Cable Manager 2U 48 port Patch Panel 2U ...
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Rackmount cable length calculations & best practices

I'm redoing the cable management for a small company with a modest server room. It's my first time trying to organize an absolute mess that their former IT-guy left. A huge problem that I'm finding ...
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Any thoughts on 6 inch ethernet patch cables?

It seems like no matter how strict and careful we are in our closets when we set them up, they eventually turn into a giant knot. In part I blame the fact that we've got a rather large number of ...
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Effecient organization of spare cables and hardware

As many of you also likely do, I have a growing collection of cables, hardware, and spare parts (screws, connectors, etc.). I'm looking to find a good system of organization so that everything isn't a ...
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How to fix the wiring mess that is my server room

So, I have inherited a mess of a server room. Rack 1: 5x 48 port patch panels; 140 in use | 3x 48 port switches Rack 2: 4x 48 port patch panels; 120 in use | 3x 48 port switches Rack 3: 3x 48 ...
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Why do rack switches have their ports on the front?

I've ordered some rack hardware from Dell. A 42U rack, a 3U EqualLogic SAN, two 1U PowerConnect 5424 switches, three 1U PowerEdge servers, and some other stuff such as a tapedrive, firewall, UPS, etc. ...
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Heat shrink cat5 cable labels

I'm looking for some feedback from someone who has used heat-shrink labels for cable management/identification in a server room environment. Specifically, I'm looking at the Brady IDXPERT printer ...
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Specialized Mounting Brackets

We are currently upgrading our tower based build server to a new 19" rack mounted unit for our software development team. Our new rack server has a maximum depth of 22 inches. So to accommodate this, ...
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What is a patch panel?

What is a patch panel? How it is different from (layer 2) switch? EDIT: I think my primary question (and confusion) is this: Why don't network connections go straight to the switch? Don't we still ...
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How do you organise the cables in your racks?

I'm migrating my current half-size rack to a full-size rack and want to take the opportunity to reorganize and sort our spaghetti-hell of ethernet cables. What system do you use for organising your ...
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To use cable management arms or not

I would like to open up a discussion on your experience with either using cable management arms or not. It seems like a nice idea to ensure that you have enough cable slack to be able to pull a ...
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Fiber in Cable Management Arm

I'm aware of the existing debate on cable management arms. For those people who DO use cable management arms, do you put Fiber into the arms? It looks like I'm fine on minimum bend radii, but am ...
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Effect of heat on CAT5 Ethernet Cabling

I am wondering what the heat rating is on standard CAT5 cabling or where I can check the heat rating of my cabling by using the information inscribed on the cabling? In my specific situation, I am ...
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Help me fight this spaghetti monster [cabling]

So I have gotten a new job at a medium sized company as an IT-administrator. I have also inherited this monster (actually, there is 2 of them) from the previous administrator: I'd like you guys ...
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Cable Management Policy

We've all seen good and bad examples of cable management. What are objective, measurable requirements that can be used in a policy to maintain cabling order in the rack/server room/data center? ...