Hardware Thread, Custom Dell server front panels in Technical; This is a really silly vain question but I'm building a new server rack and like things to look different
28th March 2012, 10:11 AM #1
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:
And I would like to make one of them (our new backup server) look like this:
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28th March 2012, 10:13 AM #2
Not being funny but surely thats a waste of tax payers money?
28th March 2012, 10:15 AM #3
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.
28th March 2012, 10:20 AM #4
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!!!
28th March 2012, 10:27 AM #5
Last edited by zag; 28th March 2012 at 10:28 AM.
28th March 2012, 10:31 AM #6
Buy soem different cover cans of spraypaint, and they respray the vented ones you have?
Costs about £10 for the cans.
28th March 2012, 10:33 AM #7
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
28th March 2012, 10:59 AM #8
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.
Originally Posted by zag
Last edited by cpjitservices; 28th March 2012 at 11:02 AM.
28th March 2012, 11:17 AM #9
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!! :-)
28th March 2012, 11:24 AM #10
2 Thanks to Soulfish:
AngryTechnician (28th March 2012), zag (5th April 2012)
28th March 2012, 12:33 PM #11
Man you have waaaay too much time on your hands...
28th March 2012, 12:40 PM #12
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!
28th March 2012, 12:59 PM #13
Its our new school rack yeh.
Thanks for the ideas, I'm going to try and do it myself thanks to our art department!
Last edited by zag; 28th March 2012 at 01:00 PM.
28th March 2012, 01:02 PM #14
Thankyou so much, exactly what I was looking for!
Originally Posted by Soulfish
Last edited by zag; 28th March 2012 at 01:22 PM.
28th March 2012, 01:36 PM #15
I like the default Dell server covers. It's a very industrial design.
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