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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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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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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.
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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? ...
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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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Can you mount a network switch upside down?

We just took delivery of a new Avaya 2500 48-port switch, that has 24 PoE ports. The problem is that all the PoE ports are on the left-hand size of the switch, and our PoE device cables can only reach ...
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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 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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Rack Mounting a Server with hot air vents on the top?

We just got a couple of HP DL360 G7's, and I notice it has vents on the top. More hot air seems to exit through these vents than it does anywhere on the back. All our servers in the past have always ...
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Is it bad to mount a rack mountable server vertically?

We are moving to an office with a server closet that may not have sufficient depth to have a standard server rack. I found a vertical rack mount online (that mounts to the wall) that is 4U. Are ...
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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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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" ...
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Can a Switch be Wall Mounted Using Rack Mounts?

We need a new, fanless, managed 24-port switch for our small office and I'm considering the Cisco SG200-26. The issue is that the network cabling in the office means that the switch must be ...