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Server won't physically fit in rack: which technical problems will I face in future if I force the mount?

I have to reuse old rack and servers. The server is 74 cm deep and the rack around 65 cm. With a few tricks I'd be able to mount everything I need if I leave back and front doors opened. I thought ...
0
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2answers
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Generic rails and terminology when specifying rack rail types and dimensions?

Question From the research I've done, the rack rail market seems to be very brand-centric. It's really hard to be sure that the rails I buy will match the servers as well as the rack. I'm in a ...
0
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2answers
66 views

Is it safe to put non-standard units inside racks?

Is it unsafe or might the request be denied by some companies that offer colocation to put non-standard units inside a full rack? This is my case and, speaking of dimensions, it fits. Also, as you ...
4
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2answers
484 views

What were your server room pain points, big wins and must haves? [closed]

Like many people on here I suspect, our server room has evolved over time. At the beginning we had a single server running Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and it sat in the corner plugged in ...
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3answers
207 views

does a 4U case need rails? [closed]

I just bought 3x cheap 4U cases for fitting microatx hardware. But rails are not included. Are slider rails mandatory or only for convenience? Servers are quite light. It's compute nodes. Only psu + ...
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5answers
3k views

What to look for in a server rack?

I'm looking to purchase a rack/enclosure for some servers. As this is my first time shopping for this type of equipment, I need to know what to look for. I'm asking not only about how to buy the rack, ...
7
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3answers
803 views

What is the name of this screw? (from HP ProLiant quick-deploy rail kits) [closed]

I need the name of the screw for the HP quick deploy rail kit. The screw clicks into the square holes of the rack. It is a Gen4 Rail kit but the screw is like the Gen8 Rail kit ones. I called HP ...
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1answer
254 views

software for rack visualisation [closed]

Can you recommend any (preferably open-source) software for server racks visualization? Ideally it should be able to draw cable links between pieces of equipment, and should be scriptable to some ...
6
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2answers
508 views

Server Rack vs. Server in PC “Towers”

A friend of mine told me that the company he made an internship at didn't have server racks, because the cooling just takes up too much energy and thus isn't effective. That company was using "normal" ...
2
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1answer
205 views

Rack Equipment that is Non-Integer Rack Units Tall

I came across these two items of non-integer rack unit height: 1. This rack mount kit which seems to be trying to make the best of the slightly-taller-than-1U form factor of the Cisco ASA5505. 2. This ...
1
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2answers
269 views

Cooled server cabinet VS server room

The cooled server cabinet was discussed here before but I found my question is a little bit different. We have a client with some servers running into incredible bad conditions. The servers are in ...
1
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2answers
182 views

What measures to take to prevent electrostatic if we dont skip a rack unit between servers?

After going through the post Do you skip a rack unit between servers? . We thought to consolidate our rack to save space and to improve cooling in lab. If we put servers without skipping a single gap ...
4
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2answers
528 views

Permanent case for shipping 2U servers? [closed]

My organization ships servers (2U) to multiple sites (back and forth) and the original server boxing is becoming worn. Can someone please recommend a more permanent case? Thanks.
13
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1answer
1k views

My First Rack - Basic knowledge about server racks

So my company recently moved to a new building and my boss had an APC rack installed with the switches in it. We are now looking to buy a rack server to put in there. I'm just a PC repair kind of IT ...
4
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4answers
171 views

Rack enclosure dimensions

We noticed that rack enclosures have different depths (600, 800, 1000 mm) while the DELL rack servers are 600 mm deep. In addition DELL rack enclosures are only 1000 mm deep. Why should I purchase a ...
1
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3answers
441 views

Are there any “Zero-U” PDU's that allow for power management/remote power control

I can't seem to find any PDU's (in general) that fit a 24U server rack that don't require at least 1U of rack space. (I'd prefer Zero-U) that allows for remote 'reset' of the power ports as well as ...
13
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3answers
2k views

Economical way to get many harddrives into rack mount?

Please bear with me as being a bit of a newcomer at 19" rack-mounted equipment. I've thought a fair bit lately about the best way of getting 4x or 6x of 2.5" hard drives into my rack and are ...
4
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4answers
3k views

Why use rack servers over tower servers?

Aside from space, why use a rack mountable server over a tower server? Or is space the only reason... Tower servers are cheaper, more space for cooling, and more expandable... Why rack mount?
15
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1answer
998 views

How to correctly move a server inside a rack up and down

Maybe a bit stupid question, but Sometimes (rarely but it happens) I need to move a server in a rack 1-2U up or down. What do you think, which of the ways is the most correct and useful and why? ...
13
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10answers
4k views

Mounting a server by only its ears?

Is it possible (and safe) to mount a 19-inch 4u rack server on a 2-post rack... by only its ears?
11
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5answers
938 views

Server rack recommendations

I'm putting servers on a rack for the first time, and am thinking a 4-post open frame rack is adequate for my needs. I'm putting in a few HP DL 385's and a few other things. What I'm wondering is if ...
3
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2answers
599 views

Replacement Rackmount ears?

I have some 1u and 2u cases where the ears mysteriously disappeared for them, so the cases are loose. My googlefu seems to be weak, are there places that sell "generic" rack ears for 2u cases, or ...
13
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5answers
6k views

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. ...
6
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10answers
15k views

Rack layout tools

I'm wondering if there's any tools (preferably offline) that would allow me to layout all of the new equipment that will be going into several standard racks. Currently I'm using Excel to map out all ...
0
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2answers
219 views

Securing 2 post rack or securing patch bays?

We have a shared 2 post relay rack in a shared room in our building (Chatsworth brand). It only has patch bays on it (using 12U out of 46). We'd like to prevent anyone from just walking into the room ...
2
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7answers
2k views

Rack mounted cooling unit?

We have a small mini rack which houses an X-Serve, Raid and Router. We added some more high performance fan units but still find that it gets quite hot in there and have recently been having to keep ...
13
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15answers
3k views

Tool to assist loading servers into a rack?

This three questions have been merged into this one. The following answers might have come from any of them, or might be a generic answer to all of them. Is there any kind of tool to assist in ...
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5answers
873 views

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, ...
48
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17answers
9k views

Do you skip a rack unit between servers?

It seems like there's a lot of disagreement in mindsets when it comes to installing rackmount servers. There have been threads discussing cable arms and other rackmount accessories, but I'm curious: ...