Originally Posted by Shub
I've honestly never thought about putting a rack together myself, but I don't see why it would be a problem to do it yourself, provided you have the tools and knowledge to do it right. Since rack-mountable equipment obeys to industry standards of size, you'll want to make sure to obey those standards.
Additionally, the entire rack should be grounded to the electrical service panel providing power to the equipment in the rack.
The know how to build it won't be a problem. Just got done removing half the roof and building a dormer on the entire back of the house, all new electric, plumbing HVAC. MOved the bathrooms, stairwell, expanded the kitchen, removed the chimney. So the building part I got
As for grounding it, I would likely get a copper ground wire and run it up one post grounding to each bracket coming from the rackmount cases. Then run this up, along the rafter and over to the ground for the water lines and tie onto that. This would be the easiest way to do the grounding.
Originally Posted by DuckieHo
The only benefit of buying is that the purchaser knows that it will confirm exactly to standards and specifications.
How many Us do you need?
Still working on an exact but its going to be at least 20 because I want at least 1U between each server. I know you don't need to do this, but I want the breathing room to exist. I know for sure the following:
2x 2U load balanced pfSense boxes
1x 1U KVM
1x 1U Cisco Catalyst 3750
1x 3U FreeNAS NAS Server
1x 3U Windows Server
There will also be at least 2 Rackmounted UPS so I can balance the load and hopefully get a bit longer run time out of them.
Down the road I may be adding another NAS Server as well, if so thats another 3U. BUT that depends on need and the hardware & software configuration of the Windows Server. There is also the possibility I add in a VOIP Server (Asterisk if I do).
So really I guess that takes me to 25-30 just to fit the existing plan and UPS plus extra for the potential extra FreeNAS and Asterisk VOIP servers, so 30-40 for the sake of flexibility.