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 position where I have rails that match the rack but not the servers, and rails that match the servers but not the rack.
From what I see, the main difference between the brands is the location of the screw holes for the inner part of the sliding mechanism. My question is two-fold:
- Is there a diagram that shows across all brands what terms are used when specifying rail types and dimensions, options for "slotting", etc., but particularly depth (so that they reach the back post) and screw hole placement to match the servers?
- Are there generic nU telescopic rail kits that would work on most nU servers regardless of brand?
I've been handed a bunch of 1RU IBM x3250 M2s, and I have to mount them into a 19" 4-post rack which is 29 inches deep with square holes. Unfortunately, I only have one pair of rails, and they don't seem to extend quite to my rack depth of 29 inches. They're short by maybe 0.75". I've tried inserting "rail extensions" (long bolts) in, but there are other issues...
The rails with the x3250s are basically two tiny shelves (one on each rail) half the length of the server which, when fully extended, seem only barely to support the units and aren't very stable since all the weight causes the rail to rotate. When fully extended, there appear small gaps which, if the angle of the server is not perfect as its pushed in, the server falls through. (Yikes!)
The rails I have from some newer Intel servers are sliding rails, and these I prefer since the servers can't fall out without lifting them or activating the release mechanism. However, the screw holes don't match. Before I go drilling holes in newer rails, I want to check that I'm using the right terminology when searching for rail kits.