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    Also it works well to have power on one side of rack and data on another. Colour code your Ethernet cable for different things.

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    • More RAM for your vhosts
    • PDUs coming off the UPS
    • Environmental monitoring unit
    • Colour coded cables at the correct length
    • Dymo labeller
    • Cable labels, either those little tag ones or sharpmark wrap around type http://www.sharpmark.com/Cable-labels
    • Double sided velcro for tying up cables
    • 1U Cable management arms

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    Are the drives hotswap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcshammer_dj View Post
    Are the drives hotswap?
    No, standard 1 internal 500gb drive in each.

    I'm figuring since they are virtualised I can just move them to a different machine if they ever fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    No, standard 1 internal 500gb drive in each.

    I'm figuring since they are virtualised I can just move them to a different machine if they ever fail.
    Wouldnt you need 2 disc over a raid? (if i worded that right)

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    Hyper-V or VMware? We run our ESXi hosts on SD cards as the config is so minimal there's no point spending money and power on hard drives. Can't do a sub 50MB install with Hyper-V (yet) though

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    Battery Backup Units are in

    Damn those things heavy!!

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    Why did you go for the Dell and the APC UPS?

    Ben

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    it looks like you need to go round the back of the nut and squeeze. I had a removal tool which shipped the hp racks which works from front and is very effective. Still a bit fiddly, but less risk of hurting yourself.

    another vote for the color coded patch cables, i made the mistake of going down the route of same colored cables, and gave up trying to color code each end afterward.

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    If you're clustering stuff, if you can get coloured velcro (or anything to differentiate) that's always handy for seeking out the correct set of cables to unbundled when you need to add/remove any cables to that box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Why did you go for the Dell and the APC UPS?

    Ben
    The Dell one came free with the Rack order we placed. Not sure which is best yet, might just use it as a spare.

    The APC units are 3000va so pretty big

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    Update: Installed the gigabit switch, cable tidy rack, Dell equipment Shelf and The KVM 1U pull out unit.

    The equipment shelf is really good for keeping the network cables all lined up.

    I'm also loving the pull out TFT monitor but think I will keep the keyboard and mouse seperate as USB devices as all the Dell servers have front USB Ports. Shame the TFT looks very oldschool with a big bezel though.

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    Does anyone have any advice for reducing electric shocks from the rack?

    I keep getting shocked everytime I touch it at the moment. Don't even have anything plugged in yet!

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    EARTH yourself via a resistor before you touch it! Change the carpet, or maybe your underwear.

    Seriously, be careful touching connectors with a static charge on you.

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    Got an electrician out in the end to do it. He found the dedicated earth points and connected them up to the electrical box.

    No more electric shocks for me

    IMAG0304.jpg

    The cables are all nice and tidy at the front now. Not so much at the back though

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    And the battery backup is connected and turned on. Was happy to see it go to 100% battery after it sitting on the shelf for 2 years before install

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    And a final pic of the first server installed. you cant really see the custom bezel but once the blue hyper-v ones are installed they should all be colour coded and stand out nicely.

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