A rack is a frame or enclosure in which servers, networking equipment, and associated equipment is mounted. For questions about the Ruby framework, use the tag ruby-rack.

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Linux embeddable cheap rack server

I want to embed my network connectivity application into a linux installed rack-mount server and sell it bundled. I googled some but couldn't figured out which it would be? Do you have any ...
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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 ...
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Estimation of server cabinate weight?

Anyone got any idea what the aprox weight of a half size server rack (with stuff in it) would be? Assume a 24U dell rack with 4x1Us and 4x2Us, switch, kvm unit, cables and a couple of low end UPS ...
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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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Is it okay to put a 2U server in a 2-post rack?

I have a Dell R710 2U server. It's pretty heavy, so it seems to me like it needs support in the front and the back, but we only have a 2-post rack. The rack is bolted to the floor, so it's pretty ...
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Where to buy rackmount kits for sonicwall and 3com switch [closed]

Does somebody know where I can order some rackmount kits that fit with a sonicwall nsa 3500 firewall, 3com 3300mx switch and 3com 4200 switch. They got lost when we moved to a new office
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I have one server that I want to put in a datacenter

I only have one server. I don't need a whole rack. What's an economical option for this? Is there any way to sublet part of a rack?
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What size screw to use with IBM NetBay clip nuts or cage nuts?

What is the correct size screw to use with the clip nuts or cage nuts that come with an IBM NetBay 19" rack?
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shelving as a cheap rack?

So, I'm cheap and I buy tower servers instead of blades. I was thinking of getting a workstation for my servers, but came across some industrial shelving. The shelving is metal and is capable of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Dell PowerEdge: powersaving BIOS settings differences

I'm closing in on purchasing a Dell PowerEdge R710 rack server and am curious to know the difference between Dell's power saving bios setting and their performance bios setting. Should I be concerned ...
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Server Systems under Extreme Environmental Conditions

During my study I have to do a student research project about server systems under extreme environmental conditions. Unfortunately I have really no experience with such systems. I already did some ...
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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 ...
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How to open HP rack keyboard/monitor tray

We have maybe 5 of these HP racks. On all of them the keyboard/monitor tray is very finicky. Sometimes it gets stuck and the drawer tray will not open. While stuck, repeated wiggling of the tray ...
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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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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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How to manage rack keys?

As a result of a security audit there's the need to lock the racks and manage the keys: Keep the keys safe Record key usage Complying with these two requirements has many challenges as there are a ...
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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: ...
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Self Contained / Cooled Rack Enclosure [closed]

I'm looking at having to place a few servers in a location that does not provide a 'friendly' environment (moderate dust, no HVAC, ok physical security). Can anyone recommend a 'self contained' rack ...
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Low-noise fans for Sun 1U rack server?

I use a Sun Fire X2100 M2 (Opteron) 1U rack server for development purposes, and the system has these noise specifications: Idle, at or below 25° C 6.9B Max, at ambient: 7.3B In other words, it's ...
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rack-mount goodies? [closed]

There's tons of rack-mount stuff around. What accessory you didn't know back then and now can't live without? HTTP controlled power switch with ACL has saved a lot of time. Just give customer access ...
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How does a blade server differ from a normal rackmount server?

This may be a question but I thought I would ask even so.
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Does the EIA-310-D Spec discuss Vertical vs Horizontal rack mounting

Is it possible for a rack designed to store servers on their side (blade style) to be EIA-310-D-compliant? I suspect not, but reading the spec I couldn't find any explicit statement about it. I know ...
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Any reason to use a rack-mountable server if I lack a rack to mount it on?

I'm somewhat new to server hardware, and was wondering if there was any reason to purchase a 19-inch-rack-mountable server as opposed to a standalone (tower) system, or any difference between the two ...
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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? ...