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Hey everyone,
I've been working on converting my furnace/storage room into a server room / computer building & modding area / general kickass mancave.
I only have pics from my security cam right now (480p goodness) but I'll get some high-def pics later.



As you can tell, it's pretty messy most of the time, but I'll try to clean up for future pictures smile.gif

Here's some pics I took with my phone a couple of weeks ago. Much cleaner tongue.gif



My plans:

-Build a large worktable (in front of the pegboard) with inserts for the red tool cabinets
-Build a cable / solder / cable sleeving / everything else that comes in a spool dispenser (toilet paper holders? tongue.gif)
-Add ALOT of lighting (the room must burn with the light of a thousand suns) (LED where possible/if it makes sense)
-Easy access to tools (they're all over the house)
-Epoxy coat the floor (currently bare cement with plenty of cracks)
-Integrate home automation
-Add POWER! Servers (~600W constant) and lighting and tools are running off a single 15A circuit D:
-Finally, make it awesome biggrin.gif
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Also,
If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, please share them smile.gif
I'm terrible with drawing (whether digital or physical) but I'll try to get some kind of floor plan created.
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For the cable spool dispenser, it's hard to describe but I'll try to explain with images.

First, I have a lot of spools of cables, solder, cable sleeving, etc. I want to have them easily accessible.
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My plan is to mount about 10 tp dispensers on the wall, about 6 inches higher than the worktable
I tried to find an image of this setup but I can't find it anywhere.. This is the closest I could find:

So imagine the solder was dispensed from that "location" but the reel would be mounted on a tp dispenser instead of coming out the wall.
Again, it's hard to describe...
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And here's the best pic I could find of the servers


Specs (Top to bottom)

IBM 7978 (2 of them)
-2 CPU Xeon
-32 GB ECC RAM (waiting on USPS)
-2 x 15K SAS drives (120 each?) in Raid 1
-Redundant 630W PSU
-Remote supervisor adapter II slimline card (remote KVM / web management)
-Dual gigabit Intel
-IBM serve raid card w/ battery backup

Home built server (runs Freenas for backups & media server)
-Chenbro RM42300
-ASUS P8Z68-V (upgrade to Supermicro X9SCM-F soon)
-i3 2100
-8GB RAM (upgrade to more + ecc once I get the new mobo)
-6 x Vantec EZ-SWAP 4
-6 x 3TB barracude 7200RPM (Raid 5 = 15TB)
-OCZ modular 700W
-Vantec tornado 80mm fans (look up the specs, crazy but hard to find)

The 2 HP servers are older + power hungry so they're not in use at the moment. Can't remember the specs on them..
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I'm waiting on a huge order from Monoprice (by huge, I mean over $200 worth of mostly cables). Also made an order from Cablelabels.ca (to label all these network cables). Can't wait to share pictures! smile.gif
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Well this looks like fun! Wish I had the room/time/money for all this... anyways, good luck! Looking forward to watching your progress.

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Well this looks like fun! Wish I had the room/time/money for all this... anyways, good luck! Looking forward to watching your progress.
I got the time/room but no money.....damn you student loans "shakes fist"

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Time? Way too much on my hands!
Room? No such thing as enough!
Money? Yeaaaah no :$

Most of the "stuff" in this room is from contacts or from hours of searching for bargains online. And plenty of DIY tongue.gif
IBM servers + HP servers + cabinet were from the MUHC (superhospital in Montreal) because they upgraded their data center

Side note: I just bought a new keyboard (Daskeyboard 4 Ultimate) and I can't touch type (yet). It took 2 minutes to write that sentence...

So mostly pictures + little text for a while frown.gif

I was on the edge about posting the following pics (shameful cable management) but they'll serve as a nice 'before'
Here goes :$
Warning: Far from cable porn (Click to show)

Now for a tour of the cabinet + some notable features in the room smile.gif
Pictures (Click to show)
Air purifier for the servers (workshop = dust)


Bottom: Equalizer (in: media source, out: to amp) Top: Amplifier


Servers


This looks better smile.gif From top: Power outlets, 16-port Gbit switch, patch panel, monitor (from KVM)


'Keyboard shelf' + 2-port KVM


1500VA UPS


Just added this. Fan for airflow in front of servers


If only they were USB frown.gif


Sorry soldering iron frown.gif


Cable cabinets


Air hose (from air compressor)


Supposed to be a toolbox...


Recent acquisition for this project

That's it for now. Monoprice order + typing skills will yield more posts tongue.gif
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