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What is the proper way to connect cables from a patch panel to a switch when you have more ports on the patch panel than the switch?

We're in a situation at our new building where we have 58 drops but only 48 ports on our switch. Roughly 40 of our drops will be in use, but it's a random selection ranging from 1 to 58. Typically I ...
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i have 2 IBM server cabinets with glass doors like new the largest model they make, what is the estimated value of them? [closed]

I have six cabinets Compaq and IBM and a lot more office/IT equipment and trying to figure out what I should look for in the server cabinets. They retail for over $2,000 on amazon.
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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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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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How to wall mount a rack when studs don't line up [closed]

This is my first time mounting a server rack and I'd like some advice. The rack is for my home and will be a 10U wall mount for a patch panel, switch, and a few shelves for UPS and modem/satellite ...
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Standard Bolt Pattern for Racks in Datacenters

Is there a "standard" way of bolting racks down that is interchangeable between vendors? At our datacenter we've standardized on a Damac rack for our builds. Because we're building in volume, the ...
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How standardized are rack server components? [closed]

I have a couple of servers at home for personal use, and I'm considering replacing them with rack servers that I'd scrounge up in used condition, just for easier management and whatnot. I don't have ...
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Rack layout for future growth

We're getting ready to move to a new colo facility and I'm designing the rack layout. While we have a full rack, we only have 12U worth of hardware right now: 1x 1U switch 7x 1U servers 1x 2U server ...
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Rack Server Width

I am dabbling into the world of rack servers and trying to teach myself a thing or two. I have come to a roadblock about the width of a rack server, I have read that the standard width for a rack ...
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Putting the server “outside” [closed]

I live in Montreal, where the temperature oscillates between a max of 27 celsius in summer and a min of -27 celsius in winter. I am currently in the process of purchasing a cheap decommissioned 2U ...
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Can a 69,85 cm hp ssf proliant sit in a 800mm rack.

Hi can a hp proliant that is specified to be 69,85 cm in length fit into a 800mm closed rack. No air holes at the front of the rack. But there is a cooling unit attached to the rack. There will be a ...
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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? ...
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Datacenter Inventory Management [closed]

In our environment the following is true: Every resource (think server, switch, pdu etc) is mapped to a specific device identifier in a database The problems are: Not every device which exists in ...
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Can the PowerEdge 2420 24U Rack Enclosure Be Completely Disassembled?

We have to relocate our existing Dell PowerEdge 2420 24U Rack Enclosure to another room in our office. Unfortunately, the door (to the new room) is too small for the Dell rack enclosure to fit ...
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Cage nut sizes: is 10-32 the same as M5?

For an old 19" rack, I need to buy some cage nuts for round holes. You can't get them here in the Netherlands, it seems, but Amazon has them. However, I don't want to get US sized thread... Amazon ...
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How to choose the right rack and UPS?

I have two configurations: 10 Dell PE R720 servers, 2 Dell EqualLogic PS6100S arrays, 4 Dell N3000 Switches, 1 N4000 switch 20 Dell PE R820, 1 Dell EqualLogic PS6100S arrays, 2 Dell N3000 Switches, ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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server administration for 1U rack server placed in intranet: how to deploy web application and update the server without internet connection? [closed]

A MNC sales department hired my services as a software consultant to build them a web application. This web app generates excel files based on their internal business processes. This web application ...
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Is disk serial readable from supermicro chassis?

We are working with a hosting company for managing our dedicated servers. We asked for a replacement disk on one of the servers by providing the serial number. They took out 2 other disks instead and ...
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any help on how to build a rack server? [closed]

i have no experience with servers at all, but i would like to know how to build a rack server in my freezing garage, i have done some research and bought a cabinet, an Ethernet switch and loads of ...
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Choosing a Server Chassis based on Server Board's Requirements [closed]

I'm a newcomer in the world of assembling servers from ground up. First of all, I can choose a server board based on my needs. Then, the getting the following components are pretty much ...
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Serving static files with NGINX on Unicorn served app

I've just set up a Sinatra app running on Unicorn and served through a socket by NGINX. I'm trying to get NGINX to serve my static assets with this in my nginx config: * EDIT * (added full server ...
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Is it possible to disassemble an APC Netshelter SX enclosure?

I need to move an APC Netshelter SX 48U from one room to another, but the new room is lower than the current one and I cannot install it without disassembling it. According to APC, these enclosures ...
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network rack types [duplicate]

When I go shopping for network infrastructure, I see lots of different kinds of racks available and I don't understand the difference between them. What are the different types of racks you would ...
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Can a Sun rack be converted to a normal rack?

The Sun rack with PN 595-5953-01 does not use the normal rails like HP and IBM uses. Does there exist Sun rails so standard servers can be put in it? Or perhaps those L-shelves, where you lay the ...
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Build own server rack. Will this work? [closed]

Ok here's the deal. Company I work for is going under. It's a free for all in our computer lab. We have some nice black APC server racks. Something like this: ...
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Cisco 2921 ISR Installation concerns

We are having a leased line installed by British Telecom, they have routed the fibre via our telecoms 'cupboard' (enclosed glorified cupboard in our reception area) which has no airflow and only 2 ...
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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 ...
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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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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, ...
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Why is it important to ensure equipment is well-grounded?

I am installing a new ethernet switch, and the instructions say to connect the ground screw to the rack or some other kind of electrical ground. What are the risks of not ensuring that equipment is ...
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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 ...
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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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Rack layout tools [closed]

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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Server Cabinet/Room Cooling

I currently have two desktops and three servers in my office sitting on the floor (I know this is bad). With that many servers the ambient temperature in the room goes up quickly. I am located in ...
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Water-Cooled Rack Door: does it work well with Blades or GPU nodes?

We're considering to equip out server farm with water cooled rack doors, similar to ...
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Does a HP MDS600 fit in a HP 10636 G2 rack?

In the Quick Installation Giide to the MDS600/D6000 storage server it says IMPORTANT: Some racks other than the HP Rack 10000 Series rack do not allow full access to hard drive bays 29-35 in ...
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APC Power Controllers Inaccessible After Brief Power Loss

It seems like every time there is a brief power outage in our environment (1-2 second blip). There are generally a handful of APC power controllers that become inaccessible through network. The ...
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Stacking Servers on top of each other without a using a rack [closed]

I have ten 19" servers each with 4 hard drives and an average 160W usage. For a 2 month test run of a service i want to put them just on a table without purchasing a rack. Maybe in two stacks 5 each. ...
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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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Apache ProxyPass to Rack gives 404 error

(for simplicity I changed IPs of Apache server to 1.1.1.1 and Gollum server to 6.6.6.6) I'm trying to serve a Gollum wiki with rack through Apache (since it has SSL set up properly and I'm currently ...
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Power Control Compartment?

I recently purchased an IBM enclosed, rolling rack that had a 6 drive server, huge battery backup, and this strange item called a "Power Control Compartment" I cannot find any good documentation ...
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Cable management between multiple racks

I am in the planning phase of re-cabling our 5 racks in one of our offices and I would like to ask for some guidance on how you go, or would go about managing cables that goes between racks. In our ...
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Can't use “eject” to identify the server

I'm a software engineer and our lab usually has several servers in a rack with a KVM switch. We're developers and we usually have several projects happening at once so the servers are frequently ...
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A backup system alone: tower or rack chasis?

We'll install a backup system in following possible configurations: two servers in cluster with a SAS JBOD attached to them one server with the same JBOD in back However I'm thinking if really is ...
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High density disk bay rack chassis - why such a big difference in price?

We're looking for a chassis with 45-60 bays for SAS/SATA disks and we found some 60-bay enclosures at ~ $11000 (see here and here for example - there are others as well). However we found this one ...
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Mount servers at the center?

I can't afford a 4 post rack right now, but I can afford a 2 post one... However, you can't mount a server in a 2 post rack because it will break the ears. Will a 2 post rack support a server (even ...
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1GB dedicated port

I'm in the process of selecting a dedicated host for a big data project deployment. I need my servers to be well connected with each other. One of the provider I'm investigating is serverloft. Here is ...