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Server Room Protocols/Server Room Management

I'm new to this site but have found the articles and feedback very useful. We have a Server Room which our Organisation owns and controls, yet there are several thirs party companies that have open ...
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Portable server room air-con options [closed]

We are looking for portable industrial air conditioners for our server room which whould blow hot air to the ceiling cavity, split-system is not an option. Something exactly like this would be ideal, ...
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Data Center Design and Preferences

When either selecting a data center as a co-location facility or designing a new one from scratch, what would your ideal specification be? Fundamentally, diversified power sources, multiple ISPs, ...
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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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Should I consider running servers under a UPS that can not fulfill the estimated VA?

I currently have a 2200 VA UPS unit (APC Smart-UPS 2200XL) in my rack and may need a 3000 VA unit to be able to load additional servers. Under my assessment, based upon whitepapers for each server, ...
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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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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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Solution for TC / server closet in TIGHT area?

A non-profit volunteer organization that I do some admin work for is in the process of planning a major renovation to their building, which is more or less a converted house (no basement, uninsulated ...
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Downsizing From a Cage to Racks

When moving from a cage to racks at a datacenter, what is some equipment I might need. I have already thought about pull-out monitor/keyboard and IP KVMs. What else might I need? Also, how do you ...
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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 ...
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Server room door security

I wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations as to how to keep the server room secure from employees. There is a lock on the door, however, anybody with a building master (maintenance, owners, ...
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Data center equipment vendors? [closed]

I'm wondering where people purchase their data center / server room components from. In particular, I'm looking to install an Emergency Power Off switch in our server room and have been looking for a ...
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Advice on moving a machine room to a new location?

Our company is moving to new offices in a couple of months, and I am responsible for looking after the move of the development servers in the company. most of the dev equipment is in 5, 42U cabinets + ...
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Where to locate power outlets on server rack?

I'm building a new server room, and have to decide where I'll be locating the power outlets (120V 30AMP locking connectors) that my UPSs will be powered from. In the past I've put the outlets on the ...
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How do I calculate cooling cost per server?

I'm attempting to figure out the power/cooling draw for some old servers that I'd virtualized. Starting with info in this question, I've taken the 880W the old boxes appeared to be drawing (according ...
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Monitoring server room temperature

I have a small server room with its own AC unit. Recently, the AC died, and the temperature increased from 70 F to > 90 F. We rarely go in this room, so I was lucky that someone happened to notice ...
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Cleaning Dusty Servers

Long story short, my server room is a bit ... dirty. Just had a little construction done, and there is pretty nice layer of dust on a few systems. From my knowledge, I can either: Use an ...
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What's the best fire suppression for a server room? [closed]

What is the state of the art in fire suppression for server rooms? What are the top priorities in choosing a good system?
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How do you compute the AC capacity needed for a server room?

We've got a small server room ( approximately 600 square feet in area ), and three partially-filled racks of servers, switches, et cetera. What's the best-practice way of computing the AC capacity ...
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What is the correct temperature for a server room?

When I was working in our server room, I noticed that it was very cold. I know that the server room has to be cold to offset the heat of the servers, but perhaps it is TOO cold. What is an ...
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How to separate the display and peripherals from the actual computer?

I am trying to see if its possible to toss all the computers in the server room and just run cables out of it. The end goal is you just sit down at your desk and all you have is a display and ...
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Ideal humidity for a server room?

Most equipment is rated for a wide range of humidity (5 to 95% non-condensing, for instance). However, what is the ideal humidity? Higher humidity carries heat away from equipment a little better, ...
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Reasons to not allow people into the server room

I have worked at a few hosting companies and seen two schools of thought on this Do not allow customers into the server room. The argument is basically it raises security (this news story is ...
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How can you predict the amount of cooling needed for a particular piece of equipment?

Every summer we have to shut down some equipment due to a combination of outside temperature and high load. The air conditioners just can't keep up. As we cycle in new equipment and cycle out old, ...
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Controlling heat in the server room

Regarding keeping a server room cool: on the low end, there's box fans. On the high end, there are architectural changes to the building. What are some practical ways to keep the room cool without ...
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Noisy server rooms

Are everyone else's server rooms noisy? Do you have continuous sound metering, do you put meters in from time to time, or do you just put up with it? Does anyone wear ear protectors in a server ...
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The perfect server room?

What do I have to consider when I'm planning a new server room for a small company (30 PCs, 5 servers, a couple of switches, routers, UPS...)? What are the most important aspects in order to protect ...