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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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Terminate short CAT5 uplinks?

My employer is moving to a new building and i'm in charge of creating/moving the IT infrastructure. There are 3 floors with a patch closet on each floor, then CAT5 uplinks down to the server room on ...
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Groupings for Network Cable Colors

I noticed a thread Network cable color conventions? that talked about what types of colors to use for cabling in server rooms and closets. I thought that if there was a general consensus as to the ...
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Cabling: What to keep in stock?

I have worked a few different places, each one with a different solution, so I would like to hear your suggestions and ideas. I am looking at a situation with multiple server-rooms. We have a mixture ...
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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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What network equipment do I need for a small quarter-bay server farm?

I've just bought four servers, rented a quarter of server bay, bought some Internet connectivity, bought a specialized line to a private network I'm using, and now I need to buy a router (or two?) to ...