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    Custom Dell server front panels

    This is a really silly vain question but I'm building a new server rack and like things to look different

    Does anyone know where to get custom front panels for Dell servers?

    I have a load of R300's that look really plain and boring like this:

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    And I would like to make one of them (our new backup server) look like this:

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    Any ideas?

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    Not being funny but surely thats a waste of tax payers money?

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    You might not want to do away with the grill: Dell servers are designed to have that much airflow, so if you can find something custom, be sure it doesn't restrict ventilation.

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    Boring? They dont look boring! Servers are servers they arn't meant to be pretty but the front facia is designed that way for a purpose..... Personally I dont think the servers look boring the only thing that annoys me about my dell servers is that my blue LED flashes Amber!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Boring? They dont look boring! Servers are servers they arn't meant to be pretty but the front facia is designed that way for a purpose.....
    I bet you use Linux and hate apple too haha

    Seriously though I would just like the rack to look good and be able to differentiate servers without forking out 15k for the backupexec appliance

    The front faceplates only cost 30 quid, I was just wondering if anyone else had customized them.
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    Buy soem different cover cans of spraypaint, and they respray the vented ones you have?

    Costs about 10 for the cans.

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    if its just differentiation you want couldn't you just spray paint em?
    so say left half denotes role right half actual server so red on left means dc green exchange yellow files server and on right blue=1 green =2 etc
    ps i wish computers would stop using blue leds i dont need power lights capable of illuminating a room thats what actual lights are for lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I bet you use Linux and hate apple too haha

    Seriously though I would just like the rack to look good and be able to differentiate servers without forking out 15k for the backupexec appliance

    The front faceplates only cost 30 quid, I was just wondering if anyone else had customized them.
    Yes I do use Linux.... A lot! Most of our server farm is Linux - MAC I would say I dont love it but I dont hate it either......., In regards to making the rack looking different I do know what you mean, we use peel able stickers on the front of the servers with the server name / IP. We use different coloured cabling also for network. Spray paint sounds like a good idea also.
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    Dell customise them directly but not sure how much that would cost - my guess not cheap!

    I recon painting them yourselves may be the only cheap option.

    As for your boaring server rack - get over it - your lucky to have all that lovely rackmount goodness bolted in to your rack as it is!! :-)

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    Man you have waaaay too much time on your hands...

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    I'm guessing this rack is not a school rack? Also, is it in a shared room or something? We don't even have bezels on our servers as they get in the way of actually managing the servers!

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    Its our new school rack yeh.

    Thanks for the ideas, I'm going to try and do it myself thanks to our art department!

    Before pic....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulfish View Post
    A few companies offer custom front bezels from Dell that comply with standard Dell warranties - including Dell themselves

    Some links for you:
    Custom Colored Dell Server Bezels | RackSolutions UK
    Thankyou so much, exactly what I was looking for!
    Last edited by zag; 28th March 2012 at 12:22 PM.

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    I like the default Dell server covers. It's a very industrial design.

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