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post #1 of 8
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Hey

Note to Mods, im guessing this counts as a "Case" mod

I am currently planning my Network/Server rack (Which i will hopefully be making this saturday).
The main purpose of this was
A) to get round the cost of a proper server rack/Space
B) Proper server rack = Heavy as hell im on the first floor with no lift

The cabinet is actually a 600 wide, 570 deep Kitchen base which i am then lowering the shelf in and adding 2 3U Rackstrips in to mount the patch panel and switch.

As this will not be holding rack mounted servers i have not needed to have rack strips the full height of the cabinet

Contents of the cabinet will be as following
1x 24 Port Cat5e Patch Panel (18 ports used)
1x 8 Port gigabit switch
1x 24port 100mbps Switch
2x Storage servers (Sempron 140, 2GB Ram, 9 2TB hdd in each (starting with 2 2TB in each), Mirrored to each other over network)

Possibly putting 2 UPS's in the bottom if i can find one low enough to fit (Cost is more of an issue here, rackmount would fit but cost alot)

Please note image is not 100% to scale, more like 95%ish ie close enough to base things on

Edited by Norse - 3/1/11 at 2:12am
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How're you using 18 ports in a flat o.O
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post #3 of 8
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How're you using 18 ports in a flat o.O
8 in the living room (two for router, one being 100mbps, other being gbps)
8 in bedroom (PC, GF's laptop (its wireless is crap), 360, BTVision, my laptop (to speed up file transfers), 2 spares) wiring 8 as im getting 4 port faceplates as they are only few pound more than 2 ports
2 in the room im putting server cabinet rather than run cable directly from switch

Also slight tweak to the design.

Adding 4 120mm fans to the cabinet which'll hopefully be done sometime this week once my bank card is fixed.

Two fans at the bottom blowing air straight into the PCI blanking plates at rear of case pushing air into the cases of the file servers and two fans at the top extracting air. the fans will be running at 6V to lower noise as heat wont really be an issue.

Currently got one of the servers running (one of the ram sticks was dead) and its temps are quite low (26-30c cpu temp with the sempron 140 unlocked to dual core) http://www.overclock.net/servers/949...ack-build.html regarding the server build, speeds etc

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Got some good news, might be able to grab a 600 wide base unit for free from work. SCORE! saving £50ish

Test wiredup the patch panel/switch just to be able to sort its patch cables out before they are both bolted into cabinet and to also let me start wiring up the flat whilst waiting for cabinet


Edited by Norse - 3/2/11 at 2:45am
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Could you get a 3d design of this, so that we can get a better idea of what your concept is, seeing as how a 2D 3-4 color design isn't all that easy to grasp a concept of. At least for me.
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I am utter crap Modelling programs. If i get time i will attempt to draw a 3D version

Was pondering the door at work earlier, might get a sheet of perspex, mount the fans onto it after making a hole for them (and a fan cover of course) and have the perspex fix on via some large thumbscrews

Started to wire some of the patch panel stuff properly, wired 4 of the ports, have extra cable at both ends for when i put it into trunking so its barely noticable (atm its just cable tied to the walls)
Edited by Norse - 3/2/11 at 2:45pm
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bumpaty

hows this going
    
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bumpaty

hows this going
i became skint

i still want to do the project its just getting the funds and few other bits i want. yay for spending way more than i earn on stuff
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