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What kind of slide rails do I need?

I need to install two servers from Supermicro in a 19" rack with round holes on the vertical rails. The Repon slides that came with the servers typically install in a 19" rack with square ...
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Grounding of a server rack on wheels

I have a 42HE 19” server rack which houses a bunch of equipment (UPS, PDU, server, network, ...). It has wheels so it’s easy to move and it stands on a concrete floor. The rack is out of metal and ...
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3.5" SAS drives in server with 2.5" bays [closed]

We recently acquired a very cheap 2nd-hand server (HP ProLiant DL380 G7). We have a number of 3.5" SAS drives, however the server only has mount points for 2.5" bays. We would still like to ...
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19" rackmount server fan noise with 3.3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz CPU

I made a research while looking for a low fan-noise rackmount server. I visited a datacenter and observed that Fujitsu Primergy RX series had much lower fan noise than HP ProLiant or Dell PowerEdge. ...
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How compatible are rack-mount server rails across different manufacturers?

I have a bunch of rackmount chassis manufactured by Chenbro which were sold without rack-mount rails. I have an opportunity to purchase a bunch of second-hand rack-mount rails manufactured by ...
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Can a Vertical PDU be mounted in an enclosed rack?

I purchased an enclosed 12U rack as well as Vertical (0U) PDU, but can't figure out how to mount it in the rack vertically. I assume I need to mount it on the side posts of the enclosure, since, if I ...
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How to work out the rack requirements for a specific machine?

first time trying to work out what rack to get for a specific machine. The machine I am looking at is 1U and 400mm (15.5 inches) deep. I am hoping to be able to use a 450mm (17.7 inches) deep rack ...
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Replace HDD Cage with another one

I have a HP Rackmountable 2U Server (HP ProLiant SE326M1). This Server has a P410i Raid Card with a hdd cage for 25x 2.5" SAS HDDs. Since 2.5" SAS HDDs are pretty expansive, I want to replace the cage ...
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Is there now a 1u (or for that matter 2u) solution for PCs with graphics cards? [closed]

For rack PCs, with nVidia (or similar) graphics cards (so, 1060s etc), we use normal 4u rack mounted PCs. So if you have 4 or 8 of them in a rack it's obviously a huge amount of height space. In ...
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Can a Dell T410 tower be converted to rack mounting?

I have a Dell T410 which we're moving to a new location. It would be convenient to put it in a rack. However, I can't figure out if that's possible. Based on this 2013 reply by a Dell rep in a Dell ...
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Mounting DL160 and DL380 G6 -- rack requirements? [closed]

I'm building a home lab and I'm wondering what equipment is necessary to rackmount a couple HP ProLiant servers. I have a DL160 G6 and a DL380 G6 sitting on a table right now. What will I need to ...
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Struggling to remove server from Rack

currently racking my brain at this one, i'm struggling to remove the below server out of the rack, I haven't come across this type of rail before, usually I can pull a server out and there will be ...
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How to find suitable inner rails for a used server?

I have a old server rack which I got from the scrapyard and it only had the inner rails 364996 and a 2nd part number that I cannot recall. The seller had absolutely no idea what he's selling so he ...
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Choosing the correct server rack width

I am required to setup a server rack 42HE that keeps some 2HE rack servers with following dimensions: 89 mm (H), 437 mm (W), 647 mm (D) The rack i want is a 19" one and available in these dimensions:...
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Difference and compatibility between IBM, Dell, HP server rails

There are 3 main builders of pizza box format servers (19" - 1U, 2U…): IBM Dell HP They all three sell their own rails for the standard or proprietary bay to mount their devices in racks. But what ...
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Rack server with NVidia or ATI GPU

For testing our software product we need to generate raster images on a machine with a ATI or NVidia Workstation graphics adapter. Currently we keep a external desktop machine connected to the rack ...
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What are the considerations which decide the server Dimensions in Rack Servers?

In a DataCenter, say a rack is 42U high. Some rack servers in that rack can be full-width and 1U high, while some servers can be half-width and 2U high. Yet others can be half-width, 1U, but double ...
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What is "Node Composing" in Intel RSD?

Intel Rack Scale Design (RSD) has some concepts like "Disaggregated Hardware" and allows "Node Composition", but I am not able to find what exactly this is or how it works. EG If a rack has 4 servers,...
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Can any standard rack server or enclosure be mounted on sliding rails?

I'm looking to buy an empty rack-mounted enclosure (2U to 4U) to fill with some custom equipment. One of the requirements is that we can easily open the enclosure top and access the contents ...
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Netgear ProSafe Switch Mounting Screw Size

I bought a JGS524 switch from netgear and have not looked to rack mount it until recently. The problem is, they do not list the screw size on their documentation and I would prefer not to buy a pack ...
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Has anyone purchased an AcoustiRack?

Looking for first hand experience with an AcoustiRack. Noise is fairly important. The main concern is heat. The unit will have a few Dell servers r510, r620, VRTX fully loaded, 2 APC UPS 2200va. ...
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Purpose of vent holes on the top of rackmount servers?

Edit: Because of the high number of downvotes on this question, I would appreciate if you could comment on why you think the question deserves so. I believe the question is clearly asking for the ...
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Cable management in HP branded networking racks

I have HP 11842 racks (H6J69A) for networking equipment. Does anyone use those in their datacenters? Some advice for cable management inside the rack would be highly useful. Photos from existing ...
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What kind of breakout cables do I need for this rackmount setup? [closed]

I am going to be building out a rack and I would like to re-use all the existing hardware for my NAS device and just put it in a rackmount case. I currently am running FreeNAS inside a Silverstone ...
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Mounting 19" PCs for in a mobile flight case

I need to mount 4 3U 19" PCs in a mobile rack flight case. It is designed as a small demonstration render farm for events and visits at customer sites. Standard 19" PC rackmount cabinets (fixed ...
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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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Dell R420/R430 - will it fit in my client's rack?

Be gentle, first question... I'm wondering if a Dell R420 or R430 (they appear to be identical in size according to the Dell spec sheet - max 642mm deep with redundant PSU) will fit in my client's ...
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Is it possible to mount these pieces of equipment vertically, together? [closed]

I have a Cisco 2811 and 2950 and a Dell PowerEdge R720 server. I have the 2811 and the 2950 in a wall mount that holds the two pieces of equipment vertically (the jacks are facing upwards). I'm ...
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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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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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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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Rear Rack Ears for Dell PowerConnect 2824 Switch

I've been looking for a solution to mount the Dell switch from the back instead of the front, since we don't have a rack for switches yet.. My original thought was to find some special rack ears that ...
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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 hard ...
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Rackable 2U LCD Personalization

So I have several of these machines, however rather than physically labeling them (which I'd rather not do because there is really no place to do it, I would like to have the computer name displayed ...
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What were your server room pain points, big wins and must haves? [closed]

Like many people on here I suspect, our server room has evolved over time. At the beginning we had a single server running Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and it sat in the corner plugged in ...
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Rackmounting a tower chassis HP BLc3000 Blade System

Ok, so we have a HP BLc3000 that we are bringing in from a remote office to our central datacentre, its currently in its purchased tower / pedestal configuration (with the wheels and all that) Is it ...
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Rack Console Setup

I rack console with mouse, keyboard and monitor. It's only output port is a vga connection. My KVM switch has USB Mouse, USB Keyboard, PS2 Keyboard, PS2 Mouse and VGA. The cables I bought have VGA on ...
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Is it possible to find server parts like this?

We currently purchase render nodes that fit well into our server rack. They're 3U in height and 1.9/19inch in width and about 3 feet in depth. We're considering building these ourselves and ...
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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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does a 4U case need rails? [closed]

I just bought 3x cheap 4U cases for fitting microatx hardware. But rails are not included. Are slider rails mandatory or only for convenience? Servers are quite light. It's compute nodes. Only psu + ...
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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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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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software for rack visualisation [closed]

Can you recommend any (preferably open-source) software for server racks visualization? Ideally it should be able to draw cable links between pieces of equipment, and should be scriptable to some ...
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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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Switching to Rack Mounted Servers [closed]

I'm primarily used to using Computer Towers as basic servers for the company I've been administrating for a while. And we now wish to move away from that to a rack facility. I have no idea (not the ...
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Rack Equipment that is Non-Integer Rack Units Tall

I came across these two items of non-integer rack unit height: 1. This rack mount kit which seems to be trying to make the best of the slightly-taller-than-1U form factor of the Cisco ASA5505. 2. This ...
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What to look for in a rack that has to survive extreme conditions

I work for a 2-way radio company, and we're spec'ing out a mountain top digital radio repeater system, that will require a server and a switch setup. What should I be looking for in a rack cabinet ...
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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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How do I choose compatible rails for rack mounting my servers?

I am purchasing a rack mounted server and I have the option of also purchasing one of two types of railings: Rapid Rails for Dell Rack Versa Rails, Round Hole Universal Is there any difference ...
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Cage nuts - which way to insert them?

Cage nuts can be inserted (in square holes) either with the flaps horizontal or vertical. I've seen and used both methods, but am still not sure which is best. Is there a recommended way of inserting ...
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